UW Women Win NCAA First-Round Tennis Match
May 10, 2002
LOS ANGELES - -Junior Colleen Gray clinched the match with a victory in the fifth singles position Friday, lifting 23rd-ranked Washington to a 4-0 shutout of No. 59 Loyola Marymount in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women's tennis championships at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
The Huskies are making their sixth straight postseason appearance, but won a first-round match for only the second time. Last season, they won the regional championship in Seattle en route to an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Washington (14-11) meets host UCLA (17-4), Saturday at 3 p.m. in the regional championship match. The winner earns a trip to the 16-team NCAA finals in Stanford, Calif., May 16-19. The fifth-ranked Bruins registered a 4-0 victory over Southern University in their first-round contest.
'This is our first ever win at UCLA's courts so we're pleased to get that one in the books,' Washington coach Patty McCain said of the first-round win over LMU. 'We played pretty well against UCLA last time out and really gave them a battle while having some key people injured. We're excited to have another chance to play them.'
The Huskies suffered a setback in their last visit to UCLA on April 13, losing only 4-3 despite injuries that kept 54th-ranked Darija Klaic and Erin Hoe out of the singles lineup. UW has a 1-9 all-time record against the Bruins.
Washington broke ahead early against the Lions, securing the doubles point with a 9-7 triumph in the top competition. The 23rd-ranked doubles duo of Claire Carter and Klaic defeated LMU's Andrea Lord and Angelina Zdorovytska in No. 1 doubles after Hoe and senior Ilona Kordonskaya dispatched Penka Fileva and Jessica Palencia in the No. 3 spot by an 8-3 tally.
'Our girls came out and played hard,' McCain remarked. 'The doubles got a little bit squirrely, but we toughed it out and got the doubles point. Then they all played real well in singles.'
After the Huskies won the first three singles matches to clinch the team triumph, the remaining three singles competitions were suspended in progress. Kordonskaya posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Fileva in No. 3 singles, Dea Sumantri was a 6-0, 6-2 victor over Zdorovytska in the No. 4 spot and Gray secured the win with a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Julie Hladik.
West Coast Conference champion Loyola (14-11) was making its inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance.
NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
#23 Washington 4, #59 Loyola Marymount 0
Los Angeles Tennis Center; Los Angeles, Calif.
1. #84 Claire Carter (UW) vs. #98 Edit Pakay (LMU), suspended
2. #54 Darija Klaic (UW) vs. Andrea Lord (LMU), suspended
3. Ilona Kordonskaya (UW) def. Penka Fileva (LMU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Dea Sumantri (UW) def. Angelina Zdorovytska (LMU), 6-0, 6-2
5. Colleen Gray (UW) def. Julie Hladik (LMU), 6-2, 6-1 *clinched match
6. Erin Hoe (UW) vs. Georgina Dinhan (LMU), suspended
1. #23 Carter/Klaic (UW) def. Lord/Zdorovytska (LMU), 9-7
2. Gray/Sumantri (UW) vs. Pakay/Hladik (LMU), suspended
3. Hoe/Kordonskaya (UW) def. Fileva/Jessica Palencia (LMU), 8-3
Records: Washington 14-10, Loyola Marymount 14-11.