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Arizona Drops Thriller, 4-3, Against Washington
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Release: 03/30/2013
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March 30, 2013

SEATTLE, Wash. -

Arizona women’s tennis (9-9, 1-4) fell 4-3 to No. 48 Washington (10-8, 2-5) on Saturday afternoon at the Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium in Seattle, Wash.

"The team did a great job competing today," Arizona head coach Vicky Maes said. "We came up short by one point and that hurts, but I love how hard we played together and how we came out all weekend giving ourselves the best chances to win."

In doubles play, UA junior Lacey Smyth (Oceanside, Calif.) and freshman Shayne Austin (Oaks Park, Calif.) started the match with a victory over Lukac and Nemcevic, 8-6, at the No. 3 spot. Arizona was positioned to win the doubles point with the UA pair’s victory.

Despite the advantage, Arizona dropped the next two doubles matches and the Huskies went into the singles round with an early 1-0 lead.

Washington’s lead extended to 2-0 after winning the singles match at the No. 6 spot.

Arizona evened up the score, 2-2, after juniors Kim Stubbe (Mol, Belgium) and Akilah James (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won their respective matches at the No. 2 and 4 singles spots.

James defeated Julija Lukac, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, at the No. 4 spot to cut Washington’s lead to 2-1.

After dropping the first set, 7-5, Stubbe stormed back and won the next two sets, 6-3, 6-0, over Grace Ysidora to tie the match, 2-2, for the Wildcats.

Washington went ahead, 3-2, but the lead was short-lived after Smyth defeated Andjela Nemcevic,6-7, 7-6, 6-3, at the No. 1 spot to tie the match, 3-3, for the Wildcats.

The match was decided at the No. 5 singles spot where Austin battled Natali Coronel in three sets but fell short, 6-3, 7-6, 7-5.

"We are proving to ourselves that we can beat anyone any given day," Maes said. "This was a really solid performance by the Cats and it's our goal to keep building on that."

Up Next: The Wildcats return home to the Robson Tennis Center to host UCLA on Friday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. MST and USC on Saturday, April 5 at noon.

Doubles

No. 1 Douglas-Miron/Shimizu (UW) def. Mc Rann/Oldham (UA), 8-5

No. 2 Coronel/Ysidora (UW) Stubbe/James (UA), 8-5

No. 3 Smyth/Austin (UA) def. Lukac/Nemcevic (UW), 8-6

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles

No. 1 No. 64 Lacey Smyth (UA) def. Andjela Nemcevic (UW), 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-3), 6-3

No. 2 Kim Stubbe (UA) def. Grace Ysidora (UW), 5-7, 6-3, 6-0

No. 3 Elianne Douglas-Miron (UW) def. Laura Oldham (UA), 7-5, 3-6, 6-2

No. 4 Akilah James (UA) def.  Julija Lukac (UW), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2

No. 5 Natali Coronel (UW) def. Shayne Austin (UA), 3-6, 7-6(9-7), 7-5

No. 6 Riko Shimizu (UW) def. Susan Mc Rann (UA), 6-0, 6-2

Order of finish: 6, 4, 2, 3, 1, 5*

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