UW Women Host NCAA Tennis Regional
May 9, 2001
Sat. - Sun., May 12-13
NCAA Regional Championships
Quillian Stadium (capacity 900), Seattle, Wash.
Sat., May 12
-First round, Illinois vs. Virginia Commonwealth, 10:00 a.m. PDT
- First round, (#12) Washington vs. Army, 2:00 p.m. PDT
Sun., May 13
-Second round, Illinois/VCU winner vs. UW/Army winner, 12 noon PDT
-Regional winner advances to 16-team NCAA Finals, Stone Mountain, Ga.
The 12th-seeded Washington women's tennis team (18-7) makes its fifth consecutive postseason appearance this weekend and will host NCAA Tournament matches for the first time ever. Washington meets Army (17-12) in first-round action on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. The other first-round matchup in Seattle features Illinois (17-7) against Virginia Commonwealth (13-7) at 10 a.m. Both matches will be played at Quillian Stadium, located on the UW campus directly north of Bank of America Arena. The two first-round winners will square off on Sunday, May 13 at noon for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA finals in Stone Mountain, Ga., May 17-20. The Huskies, who lost 6-3 to Georgia Tech in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament, have never advanced past the first round in their four previous NCAA championship appearances.
First- and second-round tickets are $5 each day for adults and $3 for students and children. The ticket window, located on the east side of the Graves Building, opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.
The Huskies enter the NCAA Championships ranked 14th in the latest ITA collegiate tennis poll. Two other teams in Washington's four-team regional are ranked, Illinois at No. 31 and Virginia Commonwealth at No. 45. Washington has an 8-7 record this season against teams from the 64-team NCAA field. UW has never played Army, Illinois or VCU in women's tennis. Neither Army nor Illinois have any players ranked in the ITA singles (top 75) or doubles (top 50) lists. Virginia Commonwealth features 12th-ranked singles standout Martina Nedelkova and No. 78 Andrea Ondrisova. Those two form the Rams' top doubles tandem that is ranked No. 16 nationally.
Projected Husky Lineup:
Washington Huskies (18-7, 6-2 in Pac-10)
Pos. Name (ITA Ranking) Hgt. Year Hometown Record
1 Kristina Kraszewski (#11) 5-7 Sr. Torrance, Calif. 23-11
2 Claire Carter (#43) 5-6 Fr. Nottingham, England 27-7
3 Ilona Kordonskaya 5-8 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif. 13-21
4 Erin Boisclair 5-8 Jr. Agoura Hills, Calif. 15-9
5 Darija Klaic (#92) 5-10 So. Zupanja, Croatia 8-8
6 Colleen Gray 5-8 So. Granite Bay, Calif. 9-7
alt. Erin Hoe 5-4 Fr. Miliani, Hawaii 15-14
alt. Andrea Coulter 5-7 So. Calgary, Canada 13-11
Pos. Names (ITA Ranking) Record
1 Darija Klaic / Kristina Kraszewski (#10) 21-11
2 Claire Carter / Ilona Kordonskaya (#26) 17-11
3 Erin Boisclair / Erin Hoe 13-21
o The Huskies are participating in their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament. They are hosting NCAA championship matches in Seattle for the first time.
o McCain was especially happy for the homecourt berth as she is expecting a baby at the end of May and would not have been able to fly to another regional site.
The NCAA women's singles and doubles championships follow the team championships, beginning May 21 and concluding May 26 at the Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Ga. which was the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic tennis competition. Senior Kristina Kraszewski, who earned her fourth NCAA singles berth, will be joined by freshman teammate Claire Carter in the 64-player individual field. Kraszewski and sophomore Darija Klaic were invited to compete in the 32-team doubles championships along with the Washington duo of Carter and junior Ilona Kordonskaya.
Washington is currently ranked 14th in the latest WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings conducted by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Huskies feature three singles players in the rankings. Senior Kristina Kraszewski is listed No. 11 in the latest poll. She was ranked as high as No. 8. Freshman Claire Carter is ranked No. 43 and sophomore Darija Klaic is No. 92 despite battling injuries much of the season. The Huskies also have a presence in the doubles rankings as the duo of Klaic/Kraszewski is ranked No. 10 and the Carter/Ilona Kordonskaya tandem is No. 26.
Washington's NCAA Tournament History:
Year Round Opponent UW Result Score Venue
1997 First Pepperdine L 1-5 San Diego, Calif.
1998 First USC L 4-5 Las Vegas, Nev.
1999 First North Carolina L 4-5 Oxford, Miss.
2000 First Georgia Tech L 3-5 Los Angeles, Calif.
Fourth-year Washington coach Patty McCain, who guided the Huskies to a second-place conference finish, was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year on May 7. McCain coached the Huskies to an 18-7 record, including a 6-2 Pac-10 mark en route to their best conference finish ever. Washington will make its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend, hosting the regionals for the first time ever. McCain played collegiately at Stanford, winning the 1986 and 1987 NCAA singles championships before embarking on a nine-year professional career. Stanford sophomore Laura Granville, the nation's top-ranked player, was named the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Granville registered her NCAA-record 58th consecutive singles victory this season, eclipsing the previous record of 57 established by McCain. Two UW women's players earned Pac-10 honors. Senior Kristina Kraszewski garnered first-team All-Pac-10 honors for the third straight season. She is ranked No. 11 among NCAA singles competitors. Husky freshman Claire Carter, ranked No. 43 nationally, was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection.
Washington boasts a pair of highly acclaimed coaches who teamed for six years as a successful doubles duo on the professional circuit. Patty McCain is the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and Jill Hultquist was the ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach the Year in 2000. McCain won the 1986 and 1987 NCAA singles titles at Stanford, including a then-record 57-match winning streak. Hultquist was a four-time All-American at Florida. McCain (formerly Fendick) and Hultquist (formerly Hetherington) teamed to win several professional doubles championships and reached the finals of the 1988 U.S. Open and 1989 Australian Open. Hultquist has been handling extra duties the past few weeks as McCain is expecting a baby at the end of May and has been unable to travel.
The conference runner-up Huskies are one of seven Pac-10 teams to receive tournament berths, including champion Stanford, Arizona State, California, UCLA, USC and Washington State.
For up-to-date information about the NCAA Tennis Championships, check out: www.ncaachampionships.com