UW's Klaic Competes in NCAA Women's Singles & Doubles Competitions

May 19, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - Washington junior Darija Klaic will compete in both the NCAA women's singles and doubles championships that run from Monday, May 20 through Saturday, May 25 at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center.

Klaic, who is ranked 54th nationally, opens the tournament against No. 34 Julie Rotondi of North Carolina at 11:30 a.m. The winner has a second-round encounter with the winner between No. 13 Erin Burdette of Stanford and No 29 Alison Ojeda of Tennessee.

A native of Zupanja, Croatia, Klaic compiled a 13-12 singles record despite being hampered by a season-long wrist injury.

This is the first time Klaic has earned a berth in the 64-player NCAA singles field. She was originally the second alternate for the singles competition, but two bracketed players dropped out.

Klaic also competes in the 32-team NCAA doubles field along with sophomore teammate Claire Carter. The Huskies' top doubles duo is ranked No. 23 on the strength of a 19-13 doubles record.

Carter and Klaic meet 30th-ranked Ziva Grasic and Vladka Uhlirova of Texas on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The winning tandem moves into a round of 16 match-up with the victor between No. 6 Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson of USC and No. 37 Carokina Maurer and Katia Illarionova of Auburn.

Both Klaic and Carter competed with other partners in the 2001 NCAA doubles championships and both UW pairs were eliminated in the first round.

For up-to-date information about the NCAA Tennis Championships, check out: ncaachampionships.com or gostanford.com

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