“Cats come just before huskies, fall 3-4

SEATTLE, Wash. – #57 Arizona came just one game behind #21 Washington, losing 4-3 on Sunday, March 19 at Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium.

The ‘Cats started strong in doubles with Salma Ziouti And Reece Carter They defeated #65 Zehra Suko and Hikaru Sato 6-3 in doubles. Then Kayla Wilkins And Parker Fry took the point 6-4 against Jennifer Kerr and Astrid Olsen 6-4 in two doubles. Wildcat’s senior and sophomore pair are now tied 6-0 in doubles.

Despite starting with doubles advantage, the Wildcats only won two singles games against the Huskies. Wilkins fell 6-1 in both sets to #120 Kerr in four singles to give Washington their first point. The Huskies then extended their lead to 2-1 after #110 defeated Soto Ziouti 7-5, 6-1 in first place. Fry lost 3-6, 4-6 to Matsuda in six singles, increasing Washington’s lead to 3-1.

Arizona won two straight games to level the aggregate at 3-3. Carter earned the first singles win for the ‘Cats when they defeated #105 Fortin 7-6(5), 7-5 in two singles. The newcomer remains team leader in singles with a 14-2 doubles record. Next Lexi Ryngler won her match 7-6(0), 6-3 in fifth place on the lineup. All eyes then turned to number three, where Castillo attempted to force a third set against #77 Olsen, who defeated the Wildcat 7-5 in the first. They fought in a back-and-forth tiebreaker in which the Wildcat lost 7-6 (8) to the Husky.

Arizona is now 14-7 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-12 game. The Wildcats enter a bye weekend before heading to California to perform at #15 Stanford on Friday, March 31 at 1:30 p.m. MT and Saturday, April 1 at 12:00 p.m. MT #52 to meet Cal.


#21 University of Washington 4, #57 University of Arizona 3

competition in singles
1. #110 Hikaru Sato (WASH) def. Salma Ziouti (ARIZ) 7-5, 6-1
2. Reece Carter (ARIZ) def. #105 Sarah Maude Fortin (WASH) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
3. #77 Astrid Olsen (WASH) def. Midori Castillo-Meza (ARIZ) 7:5, 7:6 (8:6)
4. #120 Jennifer Kerr (WASH) def. Kayla Wilkins (ARIZ) 6-1, 6-1
5. Lexi Ryngler (ARIZ) def. Melissa Sakar (WASH) 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
6. Erika Matsuda (WASH) def. Parker Fry (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-4

competition in doubles
1. Salma Ziouti/Reece Carter (ARIZ) def. #65 Zehra Suko/Hikaru Sato (WASH) 6-3
2. Parker Fry/Kayla Wilkins (ARIZ) def. Jennifer Kerr/Astrid Olsen (WASH) 6-4
3. Erika Matsuda/Sarah-Maude Fortin (WASH) vs. Belen Nevenhoven/Midori Castillo-Meza (ARIZ) 5-5, approx.


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