UW Women's Tennis Team Reaps Highest Final Ranking

June 4, 2001

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Washington women's tennis team completed the season with its highest national ranking ever, an 11th-place listing in a poll conducted by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) that also bestowed All-America honors on a pair of Huskies.

Washington registered its best finish ever, reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA championships. The Huskies suffered a 4-0 quarterfinal loss to fourth-ranked Florida after a 4-3 triumph over No. 5 Tennessee in the round of 16.

The No. 11 ranking marks the fifth consecutive season the Huskies have improved their standing in the final ITA poll. Washington was ranked No. 30 in 2000, No. 33 in 1999, No. 56 in 1998 and No. 63 in 1997.

Senior Kristina Kraszewski (Torrance, Calif.) and freshman Claire Carter (Nottingham, England) were named All-Americans after both advanced to the round of 16 in the 64-player NCAA singles tournament. They are the only All-Americans in UW women's tennis history.

Kraszewski, who earned her third All-America award, became the first tennis player in Washington history to compete in four NCAA Tournaments. She concluded her final collegiate campaign ranked No. 9 among NCAA singles competitors. Kraszewski boasts the four highest final individual rankings by a Husky, including No. 6 in 2000, No. 19 in 1998 and No. 24 in 1999.

Carter was ranked No. 32 in the final ITA poll. She won two NCAA singles matches before being defeated in the quarterfinals by No. 4 Bea Bielik of Wake Forest.

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