UW 4, Oregon 3

Dea Sumantri smacked a forehand passing shot past Courtney Nagle to clinch the match as the #21 Washington women's tennis team opened the Pac-10 season with a 4-3 victory over #35 Oregon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

After dropping the first set 6-1, Sumantri rallied to take the next two sets 6-3,6-3 and The match began with three doubles matches, with one point going to the team with wins in two of the three matches.

Oregon took a 1-0 lead by sweeping the doubles, with Daria Panova and Nagle defeating the Huskies' top duo of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic 8-5.

Monica Gieczys and Jamie Marshall defeated Colleen Gray and Sumantri 8-4 in #2 doubles, and in #3 doubles, Anna Leksinska and Ester Bak defeated Erin Boisclair and Dinka Hadzic 8-6.

Following the doubles, Oregon and Washington played six singles matches, with the Huskies needing to win four to win the match. Boisclair put up a point for the Huskies in the #4 singles spot and tied the match with a 6-1, 1-2 (retired) victory over Marshall, who could not continue after severely spraining her ankle.

Klaic then put the Huskies up 2-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Gieczys in #3 singles, and Gray made it 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Bak in #5 singles, setting the stage for Sumantri to clinch the match.

After Sumantri's clincher, Washington and Oregon agreed to settle the remaining two matches, squared at one set apiece, by 10 point tiebreakers.

In the feature singles match, Panova capitalized on numerous unforced errors by Carter to take the first set 7-5, but Carter cleaned up her tennis tremendously in the second set, coming back to win 6-2, sparked by a break of Panova's serve in a marathon 14 point second game.

Carter played two marvelous points in particular in that game, moving Panova around like a yo-yo, first bringing the Oregon player to the net with a drop shot, then forcing her back to the baseline with a lob, and finally closing out the point with another drop shot.

Panova jumped to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreaker and led 6-1 at one point before finally winning 10-5 to put a second point on the board for Oregon.

With her win, Panova, the Flight #1 champion at the Pac-10 Women's Indoors in January, also defeated Carter for the third consecutive time, first defeating her at the Indoors 7-6,6-3 and then again 6-4,6-2 in Eugene on February 22.

Leksinska then closed out the match and earned Oregon's final point with a 6-3,6-7,10-8 defeat of Hadzic in #6 singles.

With the victory, their eighth straight, the Huskies move to 1-0 in the Pac-10 and 10-1 overall, while the Ducks drop to 0-1 in conference and 9-8 overall.

After taking a break for final exams, the Huskies return to action with two matches in Sacramento, California, against Sacramento State on Sunday, March 23, and against Fresno State on Tuesday, March 25.

Then the Huskies resume Pac-10 play on the road, at Stanford on Thursday, March 27 and at California on Friday, March 28.

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