Women's Tennis Takes Highest National Ranking Into Regular Season Finale With WSU

April 16, 2003

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- THIS WEEK: Garnering the highest-ever national ranking for a Husky women's tennis team (16-3 overall, 5-2 Pac-10), sixth-ranked Washington culminates the regular season slate by hosting intra-state rival No. 52 Washington State (7-12 overall, 0-7 Pac-10), Saturday, April 19, at 12 p.m. The match will be held either indoors (Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center) or outdoors (Bill Quillian Stadium), depending on weather. The Huskies have won four straight and 14 of the last 16 maches, including their first-ever win over USC last weekend. Washington upset the then-No. 2 Trojans, 6-1, last Friday in Seattle. UW defeated the Cougars 7-0 in an early season non-conference matchup on March 2 in Lewiston, Idaho. The Huskies look to finish the regular season strong and will next set their sights on the Pac-10 Championships, an individual tournament to be held April 24-27 in Ojai, Calif.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington continues to make history in the national poll, moving up to a school-best No. 6 billing in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released by the ITA Wednesday. The Huskies, who have been in the Top-10 since March 26, moved up one place from last week's No. 7 spot. 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 was senior Erin Boisclair, making her season-debut at No. 124. The All-American pair of Carter and Klaic are the nation's 13th-ranked doubles team.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies extended their Pac-10 winning streak to four matches with their sweep of USC and UCLA at home last weekend. Washington's first-ever win over USC also marked the first time the Huskies have ever swept the LA schools in back-to-back matches. UW handed the second-ranked Trojans just their third loss of the season with a 6-1 drubbing on Friday. The Huskies swept all three doubles matches and won five of the six singles matches, all in straight sets. Thirty-seventh-ranked sophomore Dea Sumantri, playing in the No. 1 singles spot for the first time this season, upset fifth-ranked Jewel Peterson (6-1, 6-2) to clinch the team victory. UW followed that up with just the second win ever over UCLA, defeating the Bruins 6-1 on Saturday. Once again, UW swept the doubles matches and won five of six singles matches. Sumantri was the only Husky to suffer defeat, falling to No. 12 Sara Walker.

KLAIC SETS UW CAREER MARK IN DOUBLES VICTORIES, CARTER RANKS FOURTH: With 21 doubles victories under her belt this season, senior Darija Klaic has established the Washington career record for doubles wins with 79. 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 fourth all-time with 62 victories. Carter tallied 44 wins in her first two seasons. She is also tied for sixth on the career singles list with 65 wins.

HUSKY NET NOTES: Following an outstanding freshman debut last season, Dea Sumantri has already turned in a stellar sophomore campaign this year...Sumantri moved into the No. 1 spot in UW's match against USC...she is 15-3 in singles dual action and leads the team with an overall mark of 24-5 which ties her for seventh on UW's single season wins list...Sumantri has teamed with senior Colleen Gray to tally an impressible doubles dual record of 15-4...Also a shining star for the Huskies is senior Erin Boisclair who is the team leader in dual singles wins with an 18-1 record (23-5 overall)...Boisclair is 13-0 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 Claire Carter and Darija Klaic have tallied an 11-8 dual doubles record...Carter, moved down to No. 2 singles last weekend and won both matches, improving her dual record to 9-10 (15-13 overall)... Klaic, who's shared time at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, is 11-3 in dual action (13-6 overall).

UP NEXT: Pac-10 Championships will be held Thursday, April 24, through Sunday, April 27, in Ojai, Calif.

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