With the victory the Bruins improved to 1-1 in the conference and 7-4 overall while the Huskies dropped to 1-1 in the Pac-10 and 10-3 overall. The Huskies also lost their second straight match following a 5-2 defeat at San Diego State on Saturday, March 5.
Trailing 3-1 after dropping the doubles point
and singles matches at the fourth and fifth positions,
the Huskies needed wins in the top three singles slots
to pull out an improbable victory. Dea Sumantri,
ranked sixth nationally, did her part for Washington
at the #1 position, defeating #48 Daniela Bercek
It also looked like Hadzic, ranked #34, might
come through with a clutch victory as well at #2 when
she easily won the first set 6-1. In that set Hadzic
broke service twice and Zalameda hurt her own cause
with 22 unforced errors against only nine winners.
However, Zalameda picked up her play for the Bruins in
the second set, taking a 3-0 lead with a pair of
service holds and a break in the second game. Hadzic
battled back, making it 3-4 and getting the set back
on serve with a break in the seventh game. In that
game she had three break chances and finally converted
on the third chance when Zalameda hit an errant
forehand beyond the baseline.
In the eighth game
Hadzic had an opening to get back on serve when she
won the first two points for a 30-0 advantage, but
then she lost four straight points, the lat one on an
errant forehand, to give Zalameda the break and a 5-3
lead. Zalameda then held serve at love to win the
second set and force a third.
In the final set, Zalameda and Hadzic traded
breaks through the first four games. In the fifth game
it appeared as if Hadzic held serve on two occasions
with inside out crosscourt forehands that clipped the
line in the ad court but both times Zalameda called
the shots out and the chair umpire agreed with her,
generating futile protests from Hadzic some derisive
hooting and hollering from a few partisans in the
Despite the controversy Hadzic still had
another chance to hold for a 3-2 lead when she struck
a service winner but then Zalameda won the next three
points, punctuating the crucial break with a forehand
winner down the line in the ad court. Following the
break Zalameda won the next three games to finish the
match and give the Bruins their first conference win
of the season.
Zalameda's win made the #3 singles duel
between the Huskies' Mugette Ahn and the Bruins' Alex
McGoodwin irrelevant to determining the team winner.
Nonetheless, the two played arguably the most exciting
match of the day, and with McGoodwin winning the first
set 7-6 (7-3) in a tiebreak and Ahn the second 6-3 the
possibility existed that the third set might indeed
determine whether Washington or UCLA ultimately won
the match. In the final set Ahn held serve twice and
broke McGoodwin once to take a 3-0 lead and it seemed
as if she would secure a third point for the Huskies.
However, at that point, McGoodwin stormed back to win
five consecutive games and lead 5-3. Ahn stopped the
roll with an easy hold of serve for 4-5 but then
McGoodwin served out the match to give the Bruins
their final point.
UCLA began the match by sweeping all three
doubles matches and winning the doubles point. Tracy
Lin and Elizabeth Lumpkin got the Bruins started with
an 8-5 win over Saskia Nauenberg and Alison Rainey at
#3. Then Laura Gordon and McGoodwin triumphed 8-4 over
Ahn and Tara Simpson at #2, and Bercek and Zalameda
won the final four games en route to an 8-4 win over
Sumantri and Hadzic at #1.
In singles, Lin gave UCLA a 2-0 lead with a
6-3,6-1 win over Nauenberg at #4, but Rainey got the
Huskies on the board with a 6-4,6-4 win over Lumpkin
at #6. Then at #5, Gordon put the Bruins up 3-1 with a
6-3,6-2 defeat of Simpson.
The Huskies look to snap their losing streak
when they host the 13th ranked USC Trojans (2-0
Pac-10, 8-1) at noon at Quillian Stadium on Saturday,
March 12. The Trojans return to Seattle with a pair of
freshmen, Nicole Leimbach and Lindsey Nelson, seeking
payback on an individual level after disappointing
losses to the Huskies in the Pac-10 Women's Indoors
held at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in January.
Leimbach, then seeded #1, lost to Hadzic 7-6,4-6,6-4
in a first round upset in singles Flight I and Nelson
lost to Sumantri 6-2,6-4 in a Flight I semifinal.
#12 Washington 2, #10 UCLA 5
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