Ninth-Ranked Women's Tennis Hosts Arizona Schools This Weekend

April 2, 2003

THIS WEEK: Ninth-ranked Washington women's tennis (12-3 overall, 1-2 Pac-10) makes its much anticipated return to Seattle to open a five-match homestand this weekend, hosting Arizona State and Arizona. The Huskies will face the 12th-ranked Sun Devils, Friday, April 4, at 12 p.m., before a contest with the 45th-ranked Wildcats, Saturday, April 5, at 12 p.m. Both matches will be held outdoors at Bill Quillian Stadium, weather permitting. Should weather force the matches indoors, the site will be moved to the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington continues to climb in the national rankings, moving up to No. 9 in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings released by the ITA. This week's billing is the highest of the season so far, eclipsing the previous season-high rank of No. 10 last week. Three UW singles players are ranked nationally, led by junior All-American Claire Carter at No. 42. Close behind is sophomore Dea Sumantri at No. 45, while senior Darija Klaic checks in at No. 88. The All-American pair of Carter and Klaic enter the week as the nation's 11th-ranked doubles team.

LAST TIME OUT: The Husky women had a 10-match winning streak snapped when they wrapped up their spring break trip in the Bay Area last weekend. No. 2 Stanford handed Washington just its second loss of the season, blanking the Huskies 7-0 in Palo Alto on March 27. It was the first time UW was shutout this season and was also the first Pac-10 loss of the 2003 campaign. The Huskies lost their second straight to fourth-ranked Cal on March 28, 5-2. UW was swept in all three doubles matches, but salvaged two singles wins by sophomore Dea Sumantri at No. 2 and senior Erin Boisclair at No. 4. Both players lost their first dual singles matches of the season vs. Stanford, but bounced back in the following match vs. Cal. Sumantri staged a straight-set upset over No. 36 Christina Fusano (7-5, 6-3), while unranked Boisclair defeated No. 90 Catherine Lynch, also in straight sets (6-1, 6-2).

KLAIC SETS UW CAREER MARK IN DOUBLES VICTORIES, CARTER RANKS EIGHTH: With 18 doubles victories under her belt this season, senior Darija Klaic has set the Washington career record for doubles wins with 76. Klaic eclipsed the previous career record of 74 set by Peggy Wu (1997-00). She began the 2003 season with 58 career wins. Klaic's doubles partner, junior Claire Carter, is also moving up that same list and is in a three-way tie for eighth all-time with 59 victories. Carter tallied 44 wins in her first two seasons. She also ranks seventh on the career singles list with 63 wins.

HUSKY NET NOTES: Following an outstanding freshman debut last season, Dea Sumantri has already turned in a stellar sophomore campaign this year...Sumantri had not lost a singles or doubles match in dual action all season until the Stanford contest...she is 13-1 in singles dual action and leads the team with an overall mark of 22-3...Sumantri has teamed with senior Colleen Gray to tally an impressible doubles dual record of 11-4...Also a shining star for the Huskies is senior Erin Boisclair who is the team leader in dual singles wins with a 14-1 record (19-5 overall)...Boisclair is 9-0 at the No. 4 singles position...Freshman Dinka Hadzic has broken into the starting lineup this spring, posting a dual singles record of 7-3 (9-5 overall)...Hadzic and Boisclair have established themselves as the No. 3 doubles pair (7-3 dual, 8-4 overall)...UW's All-Americans have struggled this season with Claire Carter and Darija Klaic tallying an 8-7 dual doubles record...Carter, UW's No. 1 singles player, is 7-8 in dual matches, while Klaic, whose shared time at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, is 7-3.

UP NEXT: Washington continues the five-match homestand with USC, Friday, April 11, and UCLA, Saturday, April 12. Both matches will be held at 12 p.m. at Bill Quillian Stadium, weather permitting.

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