UW Women Close Out Home Tennis Slate

March 27, 2002

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29 --
#19 Washington vs. #6 Stanford, 12 noon PST

SATURDAY, MARCH 30 --
#19 Washington vs. #20 California, 12 noon PST

Both Matches at Quillian Stadium (capacity 900), Seattle, Wash.

The 19th-ranked Washington women's tennis team (13-3, 1-0) closes out its home slate this weekend before finishing the season with five straight road matches. UW hosts sixth-ranked Stanford on Friday and No. 20 California on Saturday. Both matches begin at noon in Quillian Stadium directly north of Bank of America Arena. If inclement weather arises, the matches will be moved indoors to the Nordstrom Tennis Center. These are both Pac-10 contests for the Huskies who won their only previous conference match, a 4-2 decision at Washington State on Mar. 9. Stanford won its 12th national title in 2001 and Cal was a NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier. UW reached the 13-win plateau faster than any time since 1978.

Schedule Revision
Please note that a UW match against San Diego previously scheduled for April 1 has been cancelled.

Notable
o Washington reached the 13-win plateau faster than any previous UW team since the 1978 squad also started 13-3.

o The Huskies won 4-3 at California last year, their first win in 17 meetings with the Bears. UW has an 0-11 record against Stanford.

o Claire Carter is in the midst of a nine-game winning streak and Ilona Kordonskaya won her last eight singles outings. They have not lost a singles competition since Feb. 9.

o Washington finished 11th in the final 2001 national rankings, the highest finish in school history. The Huskies advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

Ranking Report
Washington is ranked 19th in the Mar. 27 national computer rankings produced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Huskies feature two singles players in the rankings, sophomore Claire Carter who is listed No. 41 in the March 20 poll and junior Darija Klaic who is No. 58. The Huskies also have a presence in the doubles rankings as their No. 1 duo of Carter and Klaic is ranked 39th and the No. 2 tandem of Colleen Gray and Dea Sumantri is 59th.

Streaks
o Claire Carter won her last 9 singles matches, and has not lost since Feb. 9

o Ilona Kordonskaya won her last 8 singles matches, and has not lost since Feb. 9.

o The duo of Andrea Coulter and Ilona Kordonskaya won nine straight doubles matches.

o The tandem of Colleen Gray and Dea Sumantri won 14 of 15 doubles matches this year.

Net Notes
Washington sophomore Claire Carter posted a 32-9 singles record last season, breaking the school's single-season victory record of 31 established in 1998 by Kristina Kraszewski ... Husky sophomore Erin Hoe amassed a school single-season record for doubles wins with a 25-11 mark in 2001. The previous record of 23 doubles triumphs was set by Lisa Strang in 1980.

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 was the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and Jill Hultquist shared the 2001 ITA national Assistant Coach the Year award with Georgia's Debie Beck. Those two led UW to its finest season ever in 2001 with a 21-8 record, No. 11 final ranking and its first NCAA Quarterfinal berth. 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.

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