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Huskies dominate Portland-Seattle Battle tennis event at VTC

Portland State, Portland squads put in good showing at Vancouver Tennis Center

By , Columbian sports staff
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Washington junior Natsuho Arakawa serves during play at the Portland-Seattle Battle college women's tennis tournament at the Vancouver Tennis Center on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Arakawa won in singles and doubles on Sunday to finish the three-day event with Portland and Portland State undefeated.
Washington junior Natsuho Arakawa serves during play at the Portland-Seattle Battle college women's tennis tournament at the Vancouver Tennis Center on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Arakawa won in singles and doubles on Sunday to finish the three-day event with Portland and Portland State undefeated. (Jeff Klein/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

The Washington women’s tennis team completed the final day of play at the Portland-Seattle Battle in dominating fashion Sunday at the Vancouver Tennis Center.

The Huskies went unbeaten in singles play as well as going undefeated in doubles in the championship round of the three-team event that featured Portland and host Portland State.

UW only dropped one singles match in the three-day round-robin event and won all doubles matches.

Portland State some signature wins against top players from Washington, which is a top-50 team in the country and finished last season as the third-best team in the Northwest Region of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

“It’s good for the confidence because they can take a top ranked team and grind with them point-to-point,” PSU head coach Jay Sterling said in a press release. “It kind of points out that the differences between a top-ranked team and a mid-major is the little details and sometimes it is nice to see that in person.”

Some of the final day results saw Washington junior Natsuho Arakawa defeating Portland junior Jelena Lukic 6-0, 6-1, and UW freshman Sedona Gallagher defeating PSU freshman Jacinta Milenkoski, who had to retire due to injury after dropping the first set 6-1.

Also, Washington junior Katarina Kopcalic beat sophomore Lourdes Ramalle from Portland 6-0, 6-4., while Huskies junior Abbey Watanabe beat Portland’s Laura Okazaki 6-2, 6-2. Washington senior Kenadi Hance defeated Portland State junior Alli Valk 6-1, 6-2, and UW freshman Delara Zamani defeated Portland junior Anna Oberg 6-4, 6-0.

“We just saw a lot of good tennis,” Sterling said. “Both Portland and Washington are excellent teams so we aren’t going to see anybody hit the ball harder or more consistent than what we saw all weekend.”

This was the inaugural Portland-Seattle Battle with the hopes of continuing the event on a rotating-host basis.

(This story was compiled mainly from PSU and UW press releases.) 

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