#55 UW 6 #46 SDSU 1

In the only three set match of the day, Tara Simpson outlasted Eliska Krausova to cap off 55th ranked Washington's 6-1 upset of #46 San Diego State in women's action at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

With their fifth straight win the Huskies improved to 5-1 and won their second match over a higher ranked opponent, previously beating 28th ranked BYU 4-3 on Saturday, January 26. San Diego State dropped to 3-1.

Having already clinched the team victory Simpson improved to improve her 2008 dual match record to 6-0 and 5-0 at third singles. She won the first set 7-6 after coming back from 2-4 and a service break down. Krausova however came back to even the match at a set each by winning the second 6-2.

In the third set, the two players held serve to 3 all. Then in the seventh game Simpson broke Krausova to go up 4-3. In that game Simpson had triple break point before an unforced error and a Krausova backhand winner made it 30-40. She converted her third break chance when a Krausova backhand landed beyond the baseline.

In the next game Simpson had a chance to take a 5-3 lead and, at worst, assure that even if Krausova held for 4-5, she would be able to serve for the match, but instead, Krausova got the break back for 4 all. The two players battled through four deuces and 14 points before Krausova finally won the game with an inside out forehand crosscourt winner.

Just when it looked like Krausova got back into the match, however, she went away on her serve, giving Simpson the break at love with four straight unforced errors, three of them into the net and the final one long.

Serving for the match at 5-4, it looked like Simpson might give the break back again when she fell behind 15-30, but a swinging backhand volley winner and a forehand winner into the ad court set up match point. Krausova attempted to save match point with a drop shot but Simpson raced in and put the match away with a backhand winner.

Four hours earlier, the afternoon began with the Huskies winning two of three matches to earn a hard fought doubles point and a 1-0 lead. Simpson and Joyce Ardies beat the Aztecs' Kathryn Kitts and Sisse Nielsen 8-5 at the first position. Then the freshman pair of Kelsey Anonsen and Venise Chan clinched the point at the second position by defeating Krausova and Holly Bagshaw 9-8(1). They dominated the tiebreak, winning seven of eight points. In fact, they took a 6-0 lead before a Krausova backhand volley winner put the Aztecs on the board. Then on the next point, Anonsen drilled a forehand return winner off a Bagshaw serve to close out the match. At third doubles, San Diego State avoided a sweep when Julia Trunk and Esther Cadua beat Aleksandra Malovic and Melinda Wong 9-8(4).

When play shifted to singles, Allison Rainey gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Milana Yusupov at the fifth position. Chan made it 3-0 and improved her dual singles record to a perfect 6-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Bagshaw at the #1 position. Ardies then clinched the match for Washington with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Cadua at #4. Trunk helped avert a Washington sweep and recorded the Aztecs' only point with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Malovic at second singles. At sixth singles, Anonsen improved her dual record to 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Nielsen. She rallied from a 2-4 deficit to win the first set and rode that momentum to 4-0 and 5-1 leads in the second. In the seventh game she had two match points against Nielsen's serve but lost the first on a service winner and the second with an forehand unforced error. Nielsen then won the next two points with a pair of winners to make it 2-5. Anonsen still had a chance to serve for the match but lost four of five points, making it 5-3. Nielsen then looked like she would hold for 4-5 when she took a 30-0 lead. Anonsen however came back to win the next four points, punctuating the match with a perfect backhand lob that landed right on the baseline.

The Huskies return to the courts of the Nordstrom Tennis Center and aim to extend their win streak to six when they host Gonzaga at 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 3.

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