Klaic Reaches Qualifying Round in Singles & Doubles Before Falling

Oct. 11, 2001

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - Washington junior Darija Klaic advanced to the qualifying round in both the singles and doubles competitions before losing Wednesday in the All-American Women's Championships at the Riviera Tennis Club.

Klaic is ranked 64th nationally among collegiate singles competitors. She won a pair of singles matches Tuesday, defeating Tulsa's Ilicia Pallay 6-2, 6-0 in the first round and Texas Tech's Irina Tereschenko 6-4, 6-2 in the second round.

Wednesday featured the qualifying rounds, in which the winners advanced to the main draw of the All-American Championships that begin Thursday. Klaic fell one round short of the main draw, losing her qualifying match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2 to Luana Magnani of USC.

Klaic and sophomore Claire Carter teamed up to reach the qualifying round of doubles with an 8-3 decision over California's Carla Arguelles and Raquel Kops-Jones on Wednesday. They opened the doubles competition Tuesday with an 8-5 first-round victory over Joanne Masongsong and Kaysie Smashey of Texas. The Husky tandem, ranked No. 17 nationally, lost a hard-fought qualifying match Wednesday to Duke's Julie DeRoo and Kelly McCain by an 8-6 tally.

Another UW doubles team, sophomore Erin Hoe and junior Erin Gray, were defeated 8-4 in the first round Tuesday by the Duke duo of Susie Abromeit and Amanda Johnson.

Carter, who is ranked 20th nationally, is entered in the singles main draw that begins Thursday at the Riviera Tennis Club. She is slated to meet Georgia's Agata Cioroch in the Oct. 11 at the Riviera Tennis Club.

The All-American Championships are the premier hard court event of the fall collegiate season, featuring the top players in NCAA Division I tennis.

The Huskies are coming off their finest season ever after advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament and finishing with a No. 11 ranking. Only one player has departed from that team, No. 1 singles Kristina Kraszewski who was a senior last season.

Riviera All-American Women's Tennis Championships
Riviera Tennis Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
Singles - First Round

Darija Klaic, Washington, def. Ilicia Pallay, Tulsa, 6-2, 6-0.

Singles - Second Round
Darija Klaic, Washington, def. Irina Tereschenko, Texas Tech, 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles - First Round
Susie Abromeit/Amanda Johnson, Duke, def. Colleen Gray/Erin Hoe, Washington, 8-4.

Claire Carter/Darija Klaic, Washington, def. Joanne Masongsong/Kaysie Smashey, Texas, 8-5.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
Singles - Qualifying Round

Luana Magnani, USC, def. Darija Klaic, Washington, 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles - Second Round
Claire Carter/Darija Klaic, Washington, def. Carla Arguelles/Raquel Kops-Jones, California, 8-3.

Doubles - Qualifying Round
Julie DeRoo/Kelly McCain, Duke, def. Claire Carter/Darija Klaic, Washington, 8-6.

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