#22 UW 5, WSU 2

Washington's 22nd ranked women's tennis team ended the regular season on a high note and celebrated Senior Day with a 5-2 defeat or arch-rival Washington State 5-2 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Friday afternoon. The Huskies won four of six singles matches and the doubles point to finish the regular season 14-8 and 3-4 in the Pac-10, while the Cougars finished 9-13 and 0-7.

The Huskies began the match by winning the doubles point. At #2, senior Mugette Ahn, playing her final home match, teamed with Saskia Nauenberg to defeat Ekaterina Burduli and Nora Gaal 8-5. Ahn and Nauenberg trailed 2-4 before rallying to win five consecutive games and go up 7-4. The Cougars closed to 5-7 by breaking Ahn's serve, but the Huskies came right back to break Gaal and finish the match. Monika Kolbovic and Tara Simpson outlasted Aleksandra Stefanova and Amy Toth 8-6 at #3 to secure the doubles point.

The Huskies went up 5-0 with four consecutive singles victories. At #3 Nauenberg defeated Chris Martinez 6-4,6-1. Tara Simpson won at #4 by the same 6-4,6-1 score over Gaal. Allison Rainey won the decisive point at #5 with a 6-4,6-4 triumph over Toth. At #6, Stephanie Svanfeldt prevailed over Stefanova 7-5,6-2.

Unfortunately for the Huskies' top two players, senior All-American Dea Sumantri and junior Dinka Hadzic, the match did not end as they would have hoped.

In the top doubles match Sumantri and Hadzic won the first two games against Martinez and Orsolya Sallai but then lost six of the next seven games before eventually losing 8-5. They had a chance to break Sallai in the 11th game to get back on serve at 5-6 but a forehand lob by Sumantri landed wide to bring the game back to deuce, and the Cougars won the next two points and the game on a service winner and a forehand unforced error by Sumantri.

In singles, Sumantri and Hadzic both came up on the short end of super-tiebreaks after winning the first set and losing the second. Sumantri lost to Burduli 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) at #1 and Hadzic fell to Sallai 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) at #2.

In her match, Sumantri fell behind Burduli 1-4 in the first set before rallying to win four straight games and go up 5-4. Both players held serve to 6-6, forcing a tiebreak. Sumantri dropped only one point to take a one set lead.

In the second set Burduli broke Sumantri three times en route to a 5-1 lead, but did not squander the lead like she did in the first, even after Sumantri broke serve to cut the lead to 2-5. In the eighth game, with Sumantri serving, the two players battled through four deuces and three set points before an errant backhand gave Burduli the set. With the Huskies having already won the match, the two decided the winner in a super-tiebreak. Sumantri led 7-1 and 8-3 and appeared to have the match in hand but lost seven consecutive points, the final one on a double fault, to give Burduli her second win against Sumantri this season.

At #2 singles, Hadzic and Sallai decided their match in a super-tiebreak after Hadzic won the first set and Sallai the second. Sallai won the first three points but Hadzic battled back to win the next four points and take her only lead in the breaker. Sallai regained the lead at 5-4 with a pair of forehand volley winners, and after Hadzic gained a 5-5 tie, Sallai won the next three points to go up 8-5. Hadzic could get no closer than 6-8 or 7-9, and Sallai finally won the match with a forehand winner into the deuce court.

With the regular season complete the Huskies head to the individual Pac-10 championships in Ojai, California from Thursday, April 21 to Sunday, April 24 and then have three weeks off before beginning postseason play in the NCAA tournament on Saturday, May 14.

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