20th-Ranked UW Women's Tennis Team Travels to Los Angeles
April 11, 2002
FRIDAY, APRIL 12 -
#20 Washington at #12 USC, 1:30 p.m. PST
Marks Stadium (capacity 900), Los Angeles, Calif.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 -
#20 Washington at #8 UCLA, 12 noon PST
Los Angeles Tennis Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
The 20th-ranked Washington women's tennis team (13-7, 1-4) seeks to halt a four-match losing streak in the toughest of places. The Huskies embark on a two-match road trip to Los Angeles, beginning Friday, April 12 against No. 12 USC. The match begins at 1:30 p.m. in Marks Stadium. Washington is winless in eight all-time meetings with the Trojans, including a tough 4-3 setback last season in Seattle. On Saturday, April 13, UW meets No. 8 UCLA in the Los Angeles Tennis Center at noon. The Huskies have a 1-8 all-time series record against the Bruins, winning 4-3 last year in Seattle for the first time. Washington is in the midst of a five-game road trip that concludes its regular-season schedule. The regular-season finale is Saturday, April 20 at Oregon. UW reached the 13-win plateau faster than any time since 1978 before suffering losses in its last four outings, all to Pac-10 foes.
Washington is ranked 20th in the April 10 national computer rankings produced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Huskies feature two singles players in the rankings, junior Darija Klaic who is listed No. 46 in the Apr. 3 poll and sophomore Claire Carter who is No. 62. The Huskies also have a presence in the doubles rankings as their No. 1 duo of Carter and Klaic is ranked 39th.
Freshman Dea Sumantri was the only Husky to win both singles matches last weekend in Arizona, winning twice in the No. 4 position. A native of Jakarta, Indonesia, Sumantri registered an 11-5 record in singles and 16-4 in doubles since joining the team in January ... Senior Ilona Kordonskaya is tied for third among all-time Huskies with 61 career doubles victories, including a 12-12 mark this season. Peggy Wu (1997-2000) is the school's all-time leader with 74 doubles wins and Kristina Kraszewski (1998-2001) is second with 73 ... 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. She has a 17-10 singles mark this season ... Sophomore Erin Hoe amassed a school single-season record for doubles wins with a 25-11 mark in 2001.
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.