SEATTLE, Wash. - In a battle of winless Pac-12 Conference teams, the University of Washington used the home court advantage to seize a 7-0 victory over the University of Colorado women's tennis team, Friday afternoon at Bill Quillian Stadium.
The Huskies broke a seven-match losing streak (all against the nation's top-35 ranked schools) and improved to 7-9 overall and 1-6 in conference play, while the Buffaloes drop to 7-10 and 0-6 in the Pac-12.
"Today was a challenge playing a team like Washington and it will only continue to test our team," said CU head coach Nicole Kenneally. "Competing against this level of competition will only elevate our team's play."
Washington is ranked No. 44 nationally, won for the fourth time at home in eight matches and has played a schedule filled with 13 nationally ranked opponents out of 16 matches so far this spring season. UW remains perfect (3-0) with wins over non-ranked teams (CU, Minnesota, Portland).
Friday's match against Washington is the first between the two schools since 1996 with the Huskies leading the series, 6-3, including the last five wins in a row.
Washington won its first doubles conference point of the year and the team's first since sweeping San Diego State on Feb. 24 for a 1-0 lead. CU has failed to win a doubles match against the conference opponents this spring.
In singles, the home team raced out to win all six singles positions in straight sets with the exception of sophomore Kristina Schleich falling in three sets to Andjela Nemcevic, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(7) at the top singles position.
CU heads to Eugene continuing conference play taking on Oregon (10-7, 1-6 Pac-12) Saturday at 1 p.m. (MT).
No. 44 Washington 7, Colorado 0
UW (7-9, 1-6 Pac-12), CU (7-10, 0-6 Pac-12)
April 6, Bill Quillian Stadium
1d) Dy/Smith (UW) def. Steur/Janssens (CU) 8-3
2d) Shimizu/Nemcevic (UW) def. Anuszkiewicz/Manzi Tenorio (CU) 8-3
3d) Lukac/Coronel (UW) def. Schleich/Sabourin (CU) 8-5
Order of Finish: 2, *1, 3
1s) Andjela Nemcevic (UW) def. Kristina Schleich (CU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(7)
2s) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Winde Janssens (CU) 6-4, 7-6(5)
3s) Julija Lukac (UW) def. Julyette Steur (CU) 6-3, 6-4
4s) Riko Shimizu (UW) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) 6-1, 6-4
5s) Natali Coronel (UW) def. Camille Sabourin (CU) 6-4, 6-1
6s) Adrijana Pavlovic (UW) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish: 6, 5, *4, 3, 1, 2