UW Women Compete for Pac-10 Tennis Titles
April 23, 2002
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 25-28 -
#19 Washington at Pac-10 Individual Championships
Ojai Valley Tennis Center, Ojai, Calif.
The 19th-ranked Washington women's tennis team (13-10, 1-7) begins postseason play this week, traveling to Ojai, Calif. for the Pacific-10 Conference individual championships. Stanford won the Pac-10 team title while the singles and doubles champions will be crowned this week. The tournament runs from Thursday, Apr. 25 through Sunday, Apr. 28 at the Ojai Valley Tennis Center. The Huskies ended the regular season with six straight road matches which, combined with a spate of injuries, led to a seven-match losing streak.
The 32-player singles draw features three players from each of the nine Pac-10 women's teams along with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches. The 16-team doubles draw features one doubles team from each school and seven additional teams selected by the committee, based upon the participants' regular-season record. Women's first-round competition on Apr. 25 takes place at the Ojai Valley Inn Tennis Center while the venue for the remaining three days is Libbey Park in Ojai. Matches begin at 8 a.m. with two rounds of singles on opening day. One round of singles and two rounds of doubles will be played on Friday.
The Pac-10 is arguably the toughest tennis conference in the nation, boasting six of the nation's top 20 teams. Four Pac-10 squads appear in the top 10, including No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 UCLA, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 10 USC. Washington's Claire Carter excelled at the 2001 Pac-10 championships, advancing to the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles. The 70th-ranked Husky sophomore will compete against an elite singles field that includes four of the nation's top-10 competitors and is led by No. 3 Megan Bradley of UCLA. Carter and junior Darija Klaic, the nation's 31st-ranked tandem, compete in a dynamic doubles field that features the country's top three ranked duos. Stanford's Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra are ranked No. 1.
Pac-10 Championship results will be updated throughout the day at the following websites: www.ojaitourney.org and www.pac-10.org A recap of the Huskies' results will be available at the end of each day's competition at: www.gohuskies.com
Senior Ilona Kordonskaya posted her 62nd career doubles victory on Apr. 12 at USC to move into the No. 3 spot among all-time Huskies. Peggy Wu (1997-2000) is the school's all-time leader with 74 doubles wins and Kristina Kraszewski (1998-2001) is second with 73. Kordonskaya currently has 63 career doubles wins, including a 14-13 record this season ... Junior Colleen Gray won her last three singles matches en route to an 18-11 record, including an 8-3 mark in the No. 4 position ... Sophomore Claire Carter registered a 32-9 singles record last season predominantly in the No. 2 position, breaking the school's single-season victory record of 31 established in 1998 by Kristina Kraszewski. She has a 17-13 singles mark this season, mostly in the No. 1 position ... Sophomore Erin Hoe amassed a school single-season record for doubles wins with a 25-11 mark in 2001.
Washington was ranked 19th in the April 17 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. 55 in the most recent ratings and sophomore Claire Carter who is No. 70. The Huskies also have a presence in the doubles rankings as their No. 1 duo of Carter and Klaic is ranked 31st.
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 Debbie 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.
Washington, which has been ranked among the national top 20 all season, appears to be in position to earn its sixth straight NCAA Tournament berth. The team championships begin at 16 regional sites May 10-12 with the winners advancing to the finals on May 16-19 at Stanford. The 64-team NCAA field will be announced May 2. Last season, the Huskies hosted and won their regional competition and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA championships for the first time ever.
The NCAA women's tennis championships are scheduled for May 16-25 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in Stanford, Calif. The 16 regional winners compete for the NCAA team title from May 16-19 followed by the women's singles and doubles championships, May 20-25.
The Huskies are one of six Pac-10 teams to rank among the top 25 nationally, including four top-10 teams. Last season, seven Pac-10 members received NCAA Tournament berths and six of them advanced to the Sweet 16. UW reached the quarterfinals for the first time ever and Stanford captured its 11th NCAA women's tennis title in 2001.
The Last UW Match
The 44th-ranked Oregon women won four of six singles matches Saturday (Apr. 20), including a straight set victory by Daria Panova in the top position, to defeat No. 19 Washington 4-3 at the Student Tennis Center. Oregon won for only the second time in 49 all-time meetings with the Huskies. UW blanked Oregon 7-0 during this season's first meeting in Seattle and had not lost to the Ducks since 1999. Washington (13-10) suffered its seventh straight setback and dropped to 1-7 in Pac-10 play. UW opened the match strong, winning two of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. The Huskies' 31st-ranked doubles tandem of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic defeated No. 54 Davina Mendiburu and Courtney Nagle 8-3. In No. 2 doubles, the Duck duo of Monika Gieczys and Panova beat Colleen Gray and Dea Sumantri by an 8-4 tally. UW's Erin Hoe and Ilona Kordonskaya routed Ester Bak and Janice Nyland 8-1 in No. 3 doubles. Panova upset the Huskies' 70th-ranked Carter 6-1, 6-1 in the top singles position. Oregon's Nyland outlasted Sumantri 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 in No. 3 singles to clinch the team win. The Ducks also recorded victories in the Nos. 5 and 6 spots. Kordonskaya notched one of UW's two singles wins in the No. 2 position with a 6-3, 7-6 decision over Gieczys. The other singles victory came from Gray in the No. 4 spot.