Husky Women's Tennis Set To Face Oregon Saturday

Feb. 21, 2003

THIS WEEK: Following a two-week hiatus, No. 20 Washington women's tennis (3-1) returns to the court this week, facing Northwest rival No. 39 Oregon, Saturday, Feb. 22, at 12 p.m. in Eugene. Live scoring of the match will be accessible on Oregon's official website, www.goducks.com.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: In the latest ITA national poll released Wednesday, the Huskies rank No. 20 heading into this weekend's match with Oregon. The All-America pair of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic remain the nation's third-ranked doubles team, while both are also ranked in singles. Klaic checks in at No. 42 and Carter at No. 80.

THE OPPONENT: Oregon is coming off an upset of a 4-3 upset of No. 16 Arizona on Feb. 16, in Tucson. The win over the Wildcats propelled the Ducks from No. 51 to No. 39 in the national rankings. Oregon is 8-2 overall going into Saturday's match. The Ducks are led by Daria Panova, the lone player ranked nationally. Panova is the 28th-ranked singles player in the nation.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. OPPONENTS: The Huskies lead the all-time series with Oregon 48-2. Last year these teams split a pair of matches, with Washington winning 7-0 in Seattle and the Ducks pulling a 4-3 upset in Eugene.

LAST TIME OUT: The last time the Washington women's tennis team took to the court was Feb. 1-2. The Huskies, then-ranked No. 15, captured third-place at the Minnesota Court Classic with a 7-0 win over No. 75 Marshall. Washington won all six singles matches in straight sets, while capturing two of the three doubles matches. The only Huskies to suffer defeat were the All-America doubles pair of junior Claire Carter and senior Darija Klaic. Carter and Klaic, ranked third in the nation, have been upset for the second-straight match, this time to Jessica Johnson and Alice Sukner, 9-7. The win over Marshall came after Washington suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 39 Harvard, 4-3, in the first round of the four-team tournament.

2002 RECAP: Last year the Huskies compiled an overall record of 14-11, including a 1-7 mark in Pac-10 dual matches. Washington defeated Loyola Marymount 4-0 in its first round NCAA Tournament match, but fell in the second round to UCLA, 4-1. Claire Carter and Darija Klaic advanced farther than any other Husky doubles pair in UW history, reaching the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to the eventual national champion team from Stanford 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-2. The Husky pair earned All-America honors for their efforts.

UP NEXT: The Huskies remain on the road and will play a pair of matches in Pullman next weekend. Washington will face BYU, Saturday, March 1, followed by a contest with Washington State, Sunday, March 2. Both matches will be played at 12 p.m. each day.

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