Coronel In Win Column But Huskies Fall At WSU
PULLMAN, Wash. – In its final road match of the season, the Husky women’s tennis team was unable to upend its cross-state rivals, as the Cougars wrapped up their most successful conference run in history with a 6-1 win over UW today at the Simmelink Tennis Courts. Husky frosh Natali Coronel provided a straight set win for UW’s point.
The 32nd-ranked Cougars improved to 6-3 in Pac-12 play, their most wins ever, and won their ninth-straight match at home. 50th-ranked Washington (7-12, 1-8 Pac-12) was again without two of its top four players in Denise Dy and Capucine Gregoire, and freshman Riko Shimizu retired early in her match once WSU had clinched, as Shimizu has an injured ankle.
Coronel got her second Pac-12 win since returning from an injury of her own, as she defeated Andjela Kankaras at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 6-1. But that was the only highlight for the Huskies, who will close out the regular season next Sunday against Oregon, honoring seniors Dy, Samantha Smith, and Adrijana Pavlovic.
Smith gave it a go despite a troublesome back injury, but she lost to 105th-ranked Elisabeth Fournier, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Andjela Nemcevic fell to 49th-ranked Liudmila Vasilieva at the No. 1 singles match, 6-1, 6-2.
Freshman Julija Lukac brought a 5-1 record over her last six Pac-12 matches to Pullman, but she came up short against Ksenia Googe, 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 3 singles match. Pavlovic dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to Charlotte Koning at the No. 6 spot.
Washington Women’s Tennis
Simmelink Tennis Courts – Pullman, Wash.
April 15, 2012
No. 32 Washington State 6; No. 50 Washington 1
1) Kankaras/Googe (WSU) def. Nemcevic/Shimizu (UW), 8-4
2) Vasilieva/Luzina (WSU) def. Lukac/Coronel (UW), 8-2
3) Fournier/Koning (WSU) def. Smith/Pavlovic (UW), 8-4
1) (49) Liudmila Vasilieva (WSU) def. Andjela Nemcevic (UW), 6-1, 6-2
2) (105) Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) def. Samantha Smith (UW), 6-2, 6-0
3) Ksenia Googe (WSU) def. Julija Lukac (UW), 6-4, 6-3
4) Natali Coronel (UW) def. Andjela Kankaras (WSU), 7-5, 6-1
5) Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) def. Riko Shimizu (UW), 3-0, ret.
6) Charlotte Koning (WSU) def. Adrijana Pavlovic (UW), 6-3, 6-3