Sixth-Ranked Women's Tennis Faces Southern In NCAA First Round Saturday

May 8, 2003

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NCAA Women's Tennis Regional Championships
Bill Quillian Stadium; Seattle, Wash.

Sat, May 10 - First Round - #25 Illinois vs. #30 UNLV, 10 a.m. PT
First Round - Southern University vs. #6 Washington, 2 p.m. PT
Sun., May 11 - Second Round - Illinois/UNLV winner vs. Southern/UW winner, 1 p.m. PT
**Live scoring for all matches at www.gohuskies.com**
May 15-18 - Regional winner advances to 16-team NCAA Finals, Gainesville, Fla.

THIS WEEK: The sixth-ranked Washington women's tennis team (17-3 overall) makes it seventh-straight postseason appearance this weekend, hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships, Sat., May 10, through Sun., May 11, at Quillian Stadium on the UW campus. First round action on Saturday features the opening matchup between No. 25 Illinois (16-7) and No. 30 UNLV (16-5) at 10 a.m. PT, followed by the Huskies' contest with Southern (13-12) at 2 p.m. PT. The first-round winners will face-off Sunday at 1 p.m. PT for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA finals held at the University of Florida's Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla., May 15-18. The Huskies have earned NCAA bids in the last seven seasons, including all six years of head coach Patty McCain's tenure. This year marks the second time in the last three seasons that Washington has hosted the first and second rounds. In 2001, the Huskies hosted a regional and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, the best postseason finish by a UW team in the program's history. Last year, UW earned a 4-0 first-round win over Loyola Marymount before falling in the regional final to UCLA, 4-1, in Los Angeles.

RESULTS: Results and recaps will be available at the conclusion of each day's competiton at www.gohuskies.com. Live stats for each match will also be available at www.gohuskies.com. Championship results will be updated throughout the day at www.ncaachampionships.com.

THE FIELD: Three of the four teams in Washington's regional are ranked in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings administered by the ITA. UW boasts its highest ranking ever in the program's history at No. 6, while Illinois checks in at No. 25 and UNLV is ranked No. 30. The Huskies have a 10-3 record this year against teams in the 64-team NCAA field. Saturday's meeting will be the first between Washington and Southern, but these teams were in the same regional last year at UCLA. Southern, the Southwestern Athletic Conference champion, posted a 13-12 record this year, including a 9-0 mark in league duals. This will be the second NCAA regional trip to Seattle for Illinois (16-7, third place in the Big Ten), who was among the four-team field here in 2001. That year marked the only time the Illini advanced past the first round, defeating Virginia Commonwealth but then falling to the Huskies in the second round. That remains the only meeting between UW and Illinois. The Illini have two singles players ranked nationally in Jennifer McGaffigan (76) and Tiffany Eklov (88), while McGaffigan and Michelle Webb are ranked 25th in doubles. UNLV (16-5), making its fourth-ever trip to NCAAs, advanced to the finals Mountain West Conference this year but fell to Northwestern. The Lady Rebels have one ranked singles player in Tracie Chong (No. 120). Washington leads the all-time series with UNLV 4-2.

INDIVIDUAL NCAA INVITATIONS: Washington will have two singles players and one doubles team competing in the NCAA women's singles and doubles championships following the team championship, from May 19-24, in Gainesville. Sophomore Dea Sumantri and junior Claire Carter will compete in the 64-player singles bracket. Carter will be playing in her second NCAA singles tournament after advancing to the quarterfinals and earning All-America honors as a freshman in 2001. It will be the first NCAA singles appearance for Sumantri, who has recently moved into UW's No. 1 singles spot and is ranked No. 34 in the nation. Carter and senior Darija Klaic will be making their second-straight trip to the NCAA doubles tournament. The duo earned All-America honors last season after advancing to the quarterfinals, the farthest a UW doubles team has ever made it through the NCAA Championships.

MCCAIN NAMED PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR, HUSKIES NAMED TO ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: Washington's Patty McCain was named the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Coach of the Year, while sophomore Dea Sumantri and junior Claire Carter were selected to the All-Pac-10 team, the conference announced May 6. It was the second Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor for McCain, who has guided Washington to its highest national ranking in school history (sixth) this season. McCain was voted coach of the year in 2001, a season that saw the Huskies reach the NCAA quarterfinals and finish the year with a No. 11 national ranking. Sumantri was an All-Pac-10 second-team selection, while Carter was an honorable mention pick. The Pac-10 awards are selected by a vote of the coaches.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is ranked sixth in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings for the third-straight poll, the highest-ever billing in school history. The Huskies have been in the Top-10 since March 26. Four UW singles players are ranked nationally, led by sophomore Dea Sumantri at No. 34. Junior All-American Claire Carter is close behind at No. 48, while senior Erin Boisclair checks in at No.81 and senior Darija Klaic is ranked No. 84. The All-American pair of Carter and Klaic is the nation's 11th-ranked doubles team.

HUSKY NET NOTES: Senior Darija Klaic has established a new UW career record for doubles wins...she currently has 82, surpassing the previous record of 74 set by Peggy Wu (1997-00)...Klaic's doubles partner, Claire Carter, is also moving up that same list and ranks third all-time with 65 career doubles wins...Carter is sixth on the career singles list with 66 victories...as a doubles pair, Klaic and Carter are tied for second on the single-season victories list with 24...junior Erin Hoe holds the season doubles record with 25 wins in 2001...sophomore Dea Sumantri, who has moved into the No. 1 singles spot in the last three dual matches, has 28 singles wins, tied for third on the UW season list...Carter holds the record with 32 wins during the 2000-01 season...senior Erin Boisclair has a shining 19-1 dual record...Boisclair is 26-7 overall and holds sole possession of sixth on the single-season wins list.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP WRAPUP: The Huskies competed at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., April 24-27. A pair of doubles teams, Claire Carter and Darija Klaic, and Colleen Gray and Dea Sumantri advanced to the main draw semifinals. Carter and Klaic were defeated by Maja Mlakar and Emilie Scribot of Arizona, 8-3, while Gray and Sumantri fell to Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones from Cal, also by the score of 8-3. In the singles main draw, senior Erin Boisclair advanced as far as the quarterfinal, before falling to the eventual champion Daria Panova from Oregon. Gray also advanced to the semifinals of the singles invitational draw.

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