Pacific Women's Tennis: Late Push Falls Short
Pacific opened for the third straight match with a win at the No. 1 doubles position. Junior Jenifer Widjaja (Sao Roque, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and senior Sasha Fisher (Southampton, Bermuda) continued their domination of opponents. The pair downed Gabriella Niculescu and Yvette Ly, 8-2, before the Vandals responded with wins at the other two positions to earn the doubles point.
Jen and Sasha continue to win handily at first doubles, commented Head Coach Bob Chiene, but we keep losing leads in the other two doubles to end up losing the points. We have to get better at staying the course to win those matches.
Freshman Julia Hansen (Hamburg, Germany) tied the match up at one all after defeating Silvia Irimescu (6-3, 6-0) at the No. 3 position. Pacific had dropped its match on the No. 2 position when No. 60 Widjaja faced senior transfer Niculescu, who was ranked as high as No. 38 in 2008, at the No. 1 singles position. After losing the first set 6-1, Widjaja fought back to take set two 6-2. But she lost steam in the final set to fall 6-3 and gave the Vandals a 3-1 lead.
With Idaho needing only one more victory to secure the match, newcomer Sarah Irvin (Brisbane, Australia) took on Daniela Cohen at the No. 4 position. The sophomore won her match easily 6-3, 6-2 to keep the Tigers in the match.
Junior Olga Gumenyuk (Kiev, Ukraine) gutted out a third set win over Alexandra Ulesanu to take the match, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-5, and tie Pacific with the Vandals 3-3 in the dual match.
The overall win came down to Fisher in the No. 6 position playing against Barbara Maciocha. Starting strong, the senior took set one 6-4 but dropped set two 6-2. Ahead 3-0 in the beginning of the final third set, she could not hold off a tough rally by Maciocha and fell 6-4.
I was really proud of the way we came back, said Chiene. We are competing really well but must finish matches.
Pacific prepares to face its third opponent in three days as they travel to take on Eastern Washington, Feb. 14. Match time is set for 10 a.m.
PACIFIC WOMENS TENNIS
Idaho 4, Pacific 3
Saturday, February 13, 2010
1. Widjaja/Fisher (PAC) def. Niculescu/Ly (UI) 8-2
2. Perevdshchikova/Cohen (UI) def. Hansen/Irvin (PAC) 8-5
3. Ulesanu/Maciocha (UI) def. Goehl/Gumenyuk (PAC) 8-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Gabriella Niculescu (IU) def. No. 60 Jenifer Widjaja (PAC) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
2. Maria Pervoshchikova (IU) def. Christina Goehl (PAC) 7-5, 6-1
3. Julia Hansen (PAC) def. Silvia Irimescu (IU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Sarah Irvin (PAC) def. Daniela Cohen (IU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Olga Gumenyuk (PAC) def. Alexandra Ulesanu (IU) 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-5
6. Barbara Maciocha def. Sasha Fisher (PAC) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1, 4, 5, 6*
* Deciding match