No. 7 Women's Tennis Continues Homestand Hosting No. 2 USC and No. 15 UCLA
April 9, 2003
THIS WEEK: Boasting its highest national ranking of the season at No. 7 and having won 12 of its last 14 matches, Washington women's tennis (14-3, 3-2 Pac-10) continues a five-match homestand with crucial Pac-10 contests against No. 2 USC (18-2, 4-0 Pac-10) and No. 15 UCLA (12-7, 3-1 Pac-10) this weekend. The Huskies and Trojans face off Friday, followed by a match with the Bruins, Saturday. Both matches will be held at 12 p.m. at Bill Quillian Stadium. Should weather force the matches indoors, the site will be moved to the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center. The regular season is winding down for Washington, whose final dual match will be with Washington State, next Saturday, April 19.
DID YOU KNOW...: The Huskies have never defeated USC, trailing the all-time series 0-9. Washington has not fared much better against the Bruins, trailing that all-time series 1-10.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington's steady climp up the national rankings continued this week with the Huskies' season-high billing of No. 7 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings released by the ITA, Wednesday. Washington moved up from last week's ranking of No. 9. Four UW singles players are ranked nationally, led by sophomore Dea Sumantri at No. 37. Junior All-American Claire Carter is close behind at No. 47, while senior Darija Klaic checks in at No. 58. Newly added to the list this week was senior Erin Boisclair at No. 124. The All-American pair of Carter and Klaic enter the week as the nation's 13th-ranked doubles team.
LAST TIME OUT: The Husky women snapped a brief two-match losing streak with a sweep of the Arizona schools at home by identical scores of 5-2 last weekend. Against the 12th-ranked Sun Devils, the Huskies swept all three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point, and won four of six singles contests. Sophomore Dea Sumantri notched her 23rd win of the season with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over ASU's Dora Krstulovic at No. 2 singles, tying her for ninth-place on UW's single season wins list. Senior Colleen Gray's win at No. 5 clinched the team victory for UW. Against the Wildcats, the Huskies lost the top two singles matches and the No. 1 doubles match, but held on for the team victory. Senior Erin Boisclair won her 21st match of the season with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over UA's Debbie Larocque in the No. 4 position.
KLAIC SETS UW CAREER MARK IN DOUBLES VICTORIES, CARTER RANKS FIFTH: With 19 doubles victories under her belt this season, senior Darija Klaic has set the Washington career record for doubles wins with 77. 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 four-way tie for fifth all-time with 60 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...her second singles loss came to 75th-ranked Maja Mlakar (Arizona) last weekend...she is 14-2 in singles dual action and leads the team with an overall mark of 23-4...Sumantri has teamed with senior Colleen Gray to tally an impressible doubles dual record of 13-4...Also a shining star for the Huskies is senior Erin Boisclair who is the team leader in dual singles wins with a 16-1 record (21-5 overall)...Boisclair is 11-0 at the No. 4 singles position...Freshman Dinka Hadzic has broken into the starting lineup this spring, posting a dual singles record of 7-4 (9-6 overall)...Hadzic and Boisclair have established themselves as the No. 3 doubles pair (8-3 dual, 9-4 overall)...UW's All-Americans have struggled this season with Claire Carter and Darija Klaic tallying a 9-8 dual doubles record...Carter, UW's No. 1 singles player, is 7-10 in dual matches, while Klaic, who's shared time at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, is 9-3.
UP NEXT: Washingon wraps up the regular season dual schedule facing in-state rival Washington State, Saturday, April 19, at 12 p.m. The contest will be held either at Bill Quillian Stadium or the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center. Pac-10 Championships will be held April 24-27, in Ojai, Calif.