Huskies Meet Tennesse in NCAA Women's Tennis Championships

May 15, 2001

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Thu. - Sun., May 17-20 -
NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
Lincoln Tennis Center, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Thu., May 17 -
Round of 16, (#12) UW vs. (#5) Tennessee, 11 a.m. PDT (2 pm EDT)

Fri., May 18 -
Quarterfinals, Winner vs. Florida or Notre Dame, 2 pm PDT (5 pm EDT)

Sat., May 19 -
Semifinals, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. PDT (1 p.m. & 4 p.m. EDT)

Sun., May 20 -
Championship Match, 10 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Eastern Time)

It has been a season of 'firsts' for the 12th-seeded Washington women's tennis team (20-7) that takes on No. 5 seed Tennessee (25-3) in an NCAA third-round match on Thursday, May 17 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time (2 p.m. Eastern Time) in Stone Mountain, Georgia. This is the fifth NCAA Tournament berth for the Huskies who had never won a match in four previous postseason appearances. They were selected as regional hosts for the first time and parlayed that homecourt advantage into 4-0 victories over Army and Illinois to earn their inaugural trip to the Round of 16. The UW/Tennessee winner advances to a quarterfinal matchup with the Florida/Notre Dame winner on Friday at 2 p.m. PDT (5 p.m. EDT).

Net Notes:
The Huskies are participating in their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament. Their two regional wins were their first ever postseason victories ... Freshman Claire Carter has a 29-7 record and needs one win to become only the second player in Husky history to reach the 30-victory plateau for a season. Senior teammate Kristina Kraszewski established the school record of 31 wins in 1998 ... Freshman Erin Hoe placed her name in the UW record book, amassing a school single-season record 24 doubles victories ... Washington is one of eight schools with both a men's and women's team competing in the Round of 16. The other dual qualifiers are: California, Duke, Georgia, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and USC.

Projected Husky Lineup:
Washington Huskies (20-7, 6-2 in Pac-10)

Singles

Pos. Name (ITA Ranking)     Hgt. Year  Hometown (Previous School)       Record
1 Kristina Kraszewski (#11) 5-7 Sr. Torrance, Calif. (West Torrance) 25-11
2 Claire Carter (#43) 5-6 Fr. Nottingham, England (Bluecoat) 29-7
3 Ilona Kordonskaya 5-8 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Pacific Palisades) 14-21
4 Erin Boisclair 5-8 Jr. Agoura Hills, Calif. (Florida) 16-9
5 Darija Klaic (#92) 5-10 So. Zupanja, Croatia (Sportska Gimnazija) 7-8
6 Colleen Gray 5-8 So. Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay) 10-6
alt. Erin Hoe 5-4 Fr. Miliani, Hawaii (Miliani) 15-14
alt. Andrea Coulter 5-7 So. Calgary, Canada (William & Mary) 13-11

Doubles

Pos. Names (ITA Ranking)                   Record
1 Darija Klaic / Kristina Kraszewski (#10) 22-11
2 Claire Carter / Ilona Kordonskaya (#26) 17-10
3 Erin Boisclair / Erin Hoe 17-7

Coachless in Seattle:
Georgia will be on the mind of Washington coach Patty McCain who will not travel to Stone Mountain with her team. She is due to give birth next week to her first child and is unable to travel. McCain coached the Huskies into the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons, but this is their first trip to the finals. Serving as acting head coach is fourth-year assistant Jill Hultquist. 'Having Jill working with me is like having two head coaches,' says McCain. 'She routinely turns down head coaching jobs to stay with us. It's a wonderful feeling to just step off and make her the captain of the ship.'

Stellar Staff:
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.

UW vs. The Field:
The Huskies enter the NCAA Championships ranked 14th in the latest ITA collegiate tennis poll. The top 10 teams in the ITA ranking all reached the Round of 16. Only three teams are ranked below the Huskies, No. 17 Baylor, No. 21 Wake Forest and No. 30 UCLA. Washington played nine of the remaining teams during the regular season, posting a 4-5 record. UW defeated Arizona State, California, UCLA and Wake Forest while losing to Baylor, Duke, Stanford, USC and Vanderbilt.

A Look at the Vols:
The third-ranked and No. 5 seeded Lady Vols have posted the finest record in school history with a 25-3 mark. Tennessee defeated Furman 4-0 at home in the first round of the NCAAs before earning a trip to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 win over the Huskies' cross-state rival, Washington State. The Vols feature three ranked singles competitors in No. 24 Alison Ojeda, No. 61 Kim Gates and No. 79 Vilmarie Castellvi. Gates and Castellvi form the 22nd-ranked doubles duo in the nation while Ojeda and Crystal Cleveland are the No. 19 tandem.

We Meet Again:
Washington and Tennessee have met only once before in women's tennis, on Jan. 16, 2000 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Under last year's scoring format, with each of the three doubles matches worth a point, the Lady Vols won 5-4 on the strength of a sweep of the doubles. The Huskies won four of five singles matches and would have been 4-3 victors under the current rules that allow for only one combined doubles point. UW's Kristina Kraszewski won the No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-2 over Tennessee's Alison Ojeda, her likely opponent Thursday in the top singles spot.

Coaches' Comments:
'We've had good teams in the past that just haven't quite gotten over the hump,' Patty McCain said of Washington's first ever postseason wins. 'This team is so feisty and we have so much depth this year. To finally get a win under your belt and get on to the NCAA Championships is a great feeling. We're really excited to play Tennessee. We played Tennessee last year and they barely beat us. We actually had match points on them to win the match in Hawaii. When we saw the draw come out, we thought we might get a chance to get through regionals and play Tennessee again.'

Washington's NCAA Tournament History (2-4 all-time record):

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.
2001 First Army W 4-0 Seattle, Wash.
Second Illinois W 4-0 Seattle, Wash.
Final 16 Tennessee Stone Mountain, Ga.

Pac-10 Pride:
The conference runner-up Huskies are one of seven Pac-10 teams to receive tournament berths, including conference champion Stanford, Arizona State, California, UCLA, USC and Washington State. Six Pac-10 schools are still alive as only Washington State failed to reach the Round of 16. The Cougars lost in the regional final to Tennessee, Washington's third-round opponent.

Championship Dates:
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.

Ranking Rantings:
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.

Regional Recap:
Coach Patty McCain received an early Mother's Day present Sunday from her Washington women's tennis team. Her Huskies defeated Illinois 4-0 in the Regional Final at UW's Quillian Stadium on May 13 to earn their first trip to the NCAA Championship Round of 16. The win had special significance for McCain because it is the last match she will see the Huskies play this season. She is due to give birth to her first child in 10 days and will be unable to travel with the team to the NCAA Championships. 'I'm a mother-to-be and this is probably going to be the best Mother's Day gift I'll ever get in my life,' she exclaimed. McCain, who was recently named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, has guided Washington into the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons. Saturday's 4-0 regional semifinal triumph over Army was the first postseason victory in the program's history. 'We've had good teams in the past that just haven't quite gotten over the hump. To finally get a win under your belt and get on to the NCAA Championships is a great feeling,' McCain said. Junior Erin Boisclair secured the match for Washington with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Eva Choe in No. 4 singles. Boisclair and freshman Erin Hoe rallied from a 3-1 deficit in No. 3 doubles to defeat the Illinois duo of Jennifer McGaffigan and Eldina Fazlic 8-4. The Huskies' top doubles tandem of senior Kristina Kraszewski and sophomore Darija Klaic, ranked No. 10 nationally, clinched the doubles point. They defeated Simone Kung and Michelle Webb 8-4. Kraszewski also holds a lofty singles ranking at No. 11. She handily won the top singles contest with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over McGaffigan. In the No. 2 singles spot, UW freshman Claire Carter did not lose a game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Fazlic. Carter is ranked No. 43. Big Ten runner-up Illinois (18-8) was making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Fighting Illini recorded the school's first postseason victory in the regional semifinal on Saturday with a 4-2 win over Virginia Commonwealth.

Husky Honors:
Fourth-year Washington coach Patty McCain, who guided the Huskies to their first ever NCAA tournament wins and Sweet 16 appearance, was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year on May 7. McCain coached the Huskies to an 20-7 record, including a 6-2 Pac-10 mark en route to a second-place finish that was their best 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 pick.

NCAA Info:
For up-to-date information about the NCAA Tennis Championships, check out: www.ncaachampionships.com

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