The Huskies continue to slump down the stretch as they lost their second straight match. After beginning the season with a 10-1 record, they have now lost six of eight to drop to 12-7. Tulane won its sixth straight and improved to 14-5.
Losing a trio of three set singles matches in a
4-3 upset loss to #44 Sacramento State on Friday
seemed to have a lingering effect on the Huskies on
Saturday as they appeared uninspired in doubles.
Tulane won the first match at #2 as Jenny Kuehn and
Julie Smekodub defeated Mugette Ahn and Saskia
Nauenberg 8-3. Dorottya Magas and Nancy Kockott
followed with an 8-3 win over Monika Kolbovic and Tara
Simpson at #3 to win the doubles point. The Huskies
avoided the sweep with a win in the featured match as
Dea Sumantri and Dinka Hadzic beat Darya and Maria
Ivanov 9-8 (8-6).
In the opening game Hadzic and
Sumantri broke but Tulane won four straight games to
go up 4-1. The Huskies rallied to tie the set at 4
before Maria Ivanov held serve to put Tulane back on
top 5-4. Then the Huskies regained the lead at 7-5 by
winning the next three games. Just when it looked like
the Huskies had the match under control with Hadzic
still having a chance to serve for the match, the
Ivanov sisters rallied for a 7-7 tie. An exchange of
breaks sent the match to a tiebreak at 8-8. The
Huskies led 6-3 and had three match points but a trio
of winners by Darya Ivanov squared the set at 6
apiece. The Huskies got a fourth match point at 7-6
and converted it on a backhand volley winner by
If they seemed uninspired in doubles, the
Huskies did not show it in singles. Sumantri cruised
to a 6-0,6-0 double bagel of Kuehn at #1 singles to
tie the match at a point apiece. Unfortunately, Tulane
won the next three points and the match. At #6, Magas
beat Alsion Rainey 6-4, 6-1. Maria Ivanov followed
with a 6-4,6-1 win over Hadzic at #2 and Darya Ivanov
slammed the door on any chance for a Husky victory
with her win over Nauenberg.
The Huskies won the final two matches to make the
score more respectable as Ahn defeated Smekodub at #3
6-4, 7-6 (7-2) and Simpson beat Kockott 7-6, 6-3 at
Ahn fell behind 0-3 in the opening set but
stormed back to tie the set at 3 apiece. Then, with
the score knotted at 4, Ahn broke Smekodub to go up
5-4, coming back from a 40-15 deficit to force a pair
of deuces. She got a break chance with a crosscourt
forehand approach winner and cashed it in when
Smekodub dumped a backhand into the net. Ahn had no
trouble closing out the set on her serve as Smekodub
committed three unforced errors.
In the second set Ahn led 5-3 and 5-4 and had a
chance to serve for the match but Smekodub broke her
to even the set. A pair of holds then sent the set to
a tiebreak. Smekodub won the first point but Ahn came
back to claim the next three and a 3-1 lead.After a
Smekodub service winner made it 3-2, Ahn won the next
four points and the match, finishing it on a forehand
unforced error by Smekodub.
Moments later Simpson, leading 5-3 in the second
set in her match, won it when Kockott netted a
forehand half volley.
The Huskies look to end their slump when they
return to Pac-10 action at Arizona on Friday, April 8
and Arizona State on Saturday, April 9.
#19 UW 3, #21 Tulane 4
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