With the win in a five hour 10 minute marathon that began outdoors at Quillian Stadium and concluded indoors at the Nordstrom Tennis Center due to rain, the Huskies (4-16, 1-6 Pac-10) gave head coach Jill Hultquist her first Pac-10 win and improved their all time record against the Cougars (14-11, 1-7 Pac-10) to 44-8.
Malovic, a freshman playing in just her
third dual match due to eligibility issues, dropped
the first set of the match at second singles. In the
second set the two players held serve to 5 all.
11th game Toth gave Malovic a break chance with three
unforced errors, including a double fault and then
gave the break and the game away when she dumped a
forehand overhead smash into the net. With Malovic
then serving for the set, Toth led 30-40 and had a
break point but a backhand unforced error brought the
game back to deuce, and Malovic came up with a service
winner and an ace to tie the match at one set each.
With the third set tied at 2 all and on
serve, Toth gave Malovic double break point in the
fifth game at 15-40 with three straight unforced
errors, and lost serve when Malovic smacked a forehand
return winner down the line in the ad court. However,
Malovic could not consolidate the break and take
control of the match at 4-2. Instead, she gave Toth
two chances to break right back at 15-40, and Toth
converted the first chance, drilling a forehand winner
into the corner in the ad court to make it 3 all.
In the next game Malovic got another chance
to break Toth and take a 4-3 lead but Toth managed to
hold thanks to a service winner and a pair of errors
by her opponent.
At that point Toth took a medical
timeout that lasted several minutes and perhaps it
affected Malovic in her next service game as she fell
behind 0-40 and eventually got broken, making the
third set score 3-5 in Toth's favor, with the Cougar
then having the chance to serve for the match.
Malovic, though, came up big, hitting four winners to
break back to 4-5 and serve for 5 all. She faced a
match point against her serve but managed to hold
thanks to a couple Toth unforced errors and an ace
down the center service line.
On the ace Toth called
the ball out but the chair umpire overruled her,
awarding the point to Malovic, and because it was the
third overrule in the match, Toth got assessed a point
penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and began the 11th
game on her serve trailing 0-15. That proved to be
crucial in the game as Malovic only needed one
forehand volley winner and a Toth unforced error to
get a break point.
Toth saved it when Malovic netted a
forehand but gave the point back with a backhand into
the net. This time Malovic made her pay, getting the
break and a 6-5 lead when she drilled a backhand
return winner down the line in the deuce court.
Serving for the match at 6-5, Malovic wasted no
time getting to 40-0 and triple match point with three
straight winners, including an ace. A pair of unforced
errors made it 40-30 but finally Malovic put the match
away with a backhand winner down the line.
Malovic's win marked the third three set match
that the Huskies won against the Cougars on the day.
Earlier, at sixth singles Melinda Wong rallied from a
set down to defeat Aleksandra Stefanova 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Wong got off to a slow start, falling behind 0-4 in
the first set, but won four of the next five games,
and despite eventually losing the set, seemed to ride
that momentum into the second and third sets.
fifth singles, Rainey, like Wong, also dug herself a
hole, losing the first set 1-6 against Bianca Selaru
before coming back to win sets two and three by
identical 6-3 scores. Wong's win tied the team match
at 2 points each, and after Joyce Ardies gave the
Huskies a 3-2 lead with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Marjolein
van de Ven at third singles, Rainey's win clinched the
win for Washington.
Washington took a 1-0 lead in the match,
winning a hard fought doubles point by taking two of
three matches. At the third position Malovic and
Rainey won five of the final six games after trailing
3-4 to defeat Selaru and Toth 8-5. At the two, Wong
and Tara Simpson lost the first four games of their
match against Aleksandra Cekic and Stefanova but
rallied to win 9-7.
The Cougars won the top doubles
match as Ekaterina Burduli and Van de Ven overcame a
2-5 deficit and three match points to eventually
defeat Mathilde Cor and Ardies, 9-8, 7-5 in a
The Cougars tallied their two points with
wins at first and fourth singles. At one, Burduli beat
Cor rather handily 6-2, 6-1 and Cekic overcame a 2-5
first set deficit to triumph over Simpson 7-5, 6-3.
Following the long win, the Huskies got on
a plane for Eugene to face Oregon in their regular
season finale at 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.
UW 5, #45 WSU 2
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