#70 UW 4 #28 BYU 3

SEATTLE - Venise Chan upset 59th ranked Anastasia Surkova 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the match and give 70th ranked Washington a 4-3 win over 28th ranked BYU in the Huskies' home opener at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

With the win the Huskies improved to 2-1 while the Cougars dropped to 2-3.

After going down an early break Chan rallied to win the first set. In the second set she smacked numerous winners en route to a 5-1 lead. She dominated the set to such an extent that during one point it appeared as if Surkova had had enough, not even attempting to play a shot that easily seemed within reach. With Chan serving for the match at 5-1 Surkova managed to break for 2-5, but Chan returned the break, closing out the match with a pair of winners and an errant volley by Surkova.

BYU opened the match by winning the doubles point, prevailing in two of three matches. At second doubles, Dolly Chang and Kristina Doerr beat Chan and Kelsey Anonsen 8-5, but the Huskies' Aleksandra Malovic and Vanya Radunovic held on to beat Elizaveta Ezhova and Chie Hayasaka at the third position 8-6 after almost squandering a 7-4 lead. That brought the doubles point down to the featured match between the Huskies' Joyce Ardies and Tara Simpson and the Cougars' Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli, with BYU prevailing 8-5.

When play shifted to singles, Malovic tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Doerr at the second position. Simpson put the Huskies up 2-1 with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Ezhova at third singles. It did not look like Simpson would win the first set so easily , as in the opening game of the match, on her serve, she had to overcome four break points and five deuces before finally winning the game on one of numerous unforced errors by Ezhova. Ezhova really did not make Simpson work in the first set, spraying error after error.

Appropriately enough the set went to Simpson on an errant backhand by Ezhova.

The second set looked like it might mirror the first when Simpson held at love for a 1-0 lead, but at that point it looked like Ezhova finally showed up. On her serve in the second game she battled through five deuces and four break points before winning her first game of the match when a forehand by Simpson landed beyond the baseline. After holds by both players brought the score to 3-2, Simpson broke Ezhova for 4-2 and it looked like the match would end quickly. Two more breaks of serve made it 5-3, with Simpson then holding serve to close out the match.

Allison Rainey beat Elle Carney 6-3, 6-4 at sixth singles to put the Huskies ahead 3-1. Once Chan's win assured the Husky victory BYU earned two points with wins at fourth and fifth singles. Chang beat Radunovic 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-6) and Hayasaka defeated Ardies 7-6(7-3), 6-3.

The Huskies return to action on Sunday, January 27 when they host Eastern Washington at 11 a.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

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