No. 6 Women's Tennis Set To Face No. 11 UCLA In NCAA Round Of 16 In Gainesville
May 13, 2003
THIS WEEK: After earning its seventh-straight postseason berth and cruising to a pair of 4-0 wins in its regional championship, the sixth-seeded Washington women's team (19-3) is headed to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the NCAA Round of 16 beginning Thursday, May 15. The Huskies' will face a familiar opponent in 11th-seeded UCLA (15-10), a match slated to begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time) on Thursday. The Huskies defeated UCLA 6-1 earlier this season. This will be Washington's second trip to the Sweet 16 in the last three years. The Huskies advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 2001, and finished its remarkable postseason run at the Elite Eight. That year, UW was selected as a regional host for the first time in the program's history and captured the regional title with a 4-0 win over Ilinois. This year, the Huskies were also selected to host a regional and earned their trip to 16-team finals in Gainesville with 4-0 wins over Southern and Illinois. The UW/UCLA winner advances to the quarterfinal matchup with the (3) Duke/(14) William & Mary winner on Friday, May 16 at 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET).
TELEVISION COVERAGE/RESULTS: ESPN2 will provide a tape delay program featuring an overview of the team tournament, in addition to coverage of the Singles and Doubles Championship Final matches. The program will air on ESPN2 on May 25 at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET). Live scoring for all matches will be available on the University of Florida's official website at www.gatorzone.com.
HUSKIES' SECOND SWEET 16 TRIP, BUT MCCAIN'S FIRST: Even though this trip marks the Huskies' second to the NCAA team finals, it will be Patty McCain's first as head coach at Washington. In 2001, McCain stayed back in Seattle awaiting the impending birth of her first child. Her daugher, Keegan, was born on May 23, and will celebrate her second birthday with the Huskies in Gainesville. McCain also has another daugher, Hayley, born on Dec. 17, 2002.
UW VS. THE FIELD: Washington has faced six of the remaining 16 teams competing in the NCAA Championships this season, posting a 3-3 record. The Huskies have defeated UCLA (6-1), Arizona State (5-2) and USC (6-1), while all three of their losses in 2003 came to NCAA team finalists: Harvard (4-3), Stanford (7-0) and Cal (5-2).
A LOOK AT THE BRUINS: UCLA is the tournament's No. 11 seed and the nation's 13th-ranked team according to the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Rankings, released April 28. Like the Huskies, the Bruins have four ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team. Sara Walker is ranked No. 12, followed by No. 20 Jackie Carleton, No. 30 Susi Wild, and No. 96 Sarah Gregg. Walker and Laura Gordon are ranked No. 46 in doubles. UCLA advanced to the Round of 16 via a 4-0 win over IUPUI and a 4-1 victory over Pepperdine in the regional final. UCLA and Stanford are the only two schools to make it to all 21 NCAA Tournaments since it began in 1982.
UW VS. UCLA: The Huskies' win over the Bruins in Seattle this season was just the second ever for UW in the all-time series. UCLA holds a commanding 10-2 lead in the all-time series with UW.
HUSKIES AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Washington is 6-6 all-time in NCAA tournament matches...the Huskies have made seven consecutive postseason appearances, including a berth in all six years of head coach Patty McCain's tenure...This is the second trip to the Round of 16 for Washington...UW picked up its first postseason win in 2001, the same year that saw the Huskies advance to the NCAA quarterfinals, a school-best...in UW's 2001 trip to the team finals, the Huskies defeated Tennessee 4-3 before falling 4-0 to Florida in the Elite Eight...last year, UW was turned away from a trip to the Sweet 16 with a loss to UCLA in the regional final in Los Angeles.
HUSKY NET NOTES: The Huskies have won seven straight matches heading to the NCAA team finals...their longest winning streak this season was 10 matches, from Feb. 2 to March 25...UW's No. 6 ranking is the highest ever in the program's 29-year history...Washington is one win away from its second 20-win season in the last three years...UW has reached 20 wins in three seasons: 1980 (25-9), 1981 (21-4) and 2001 (21-8)...The Huskies' defeated USC for the first time ever this year, upsetting the then-No. 2 Women of Troy, 6-1...UW's three losses have all come to squads still remaining the final NCAA 16-team field (Harvard, Stanford and Cal)...UW has four nationally ranked singles players and three with at least 20 wins...one Husky doubles team is ranked (Claire Carter/Darija Klaic).
INDIVIDUAL HUSKY NET NOTES: UW's No. 1 doubles team of junior Claire Carter and senior Darija Klaic set the UW record for doubles wins in a season (26) with their victory over Jennifer McGaffigan and Michelle Webb from Illinois, Sunday...the duo surpassed the previous school record of 25 established by junior Erin Hoe in 2001...Klaic has established a new UW career record for doubles wins...she currently has 84, surpassing the previous record of 74 set by Peggy Wu (1997-00)...Carter, is also moving up that same list and ranks third all-time with 67 career doubles wins...Senior Colleen Gray ranks sixth on the all-time singles list (72), while Carter ranks seventh (67)...Gray is also tied for eighth on the career doubles list with 59...sophomore Dea Sumantri and senior Erin Boisclair lead the Huskies with 28 wins, tied for third on the singles season list...Carter holds the record with 32 wins during the 2000-01 season...Boisclair boasts a spectacular 21-2 dual singles mark, including a perfect 16-0 record in the number four slot.
BOISCLAIR RETURNS TO FLORIDA: Senior Erin Boisclair, having arguably her best season of collegiate tennis this year, will return to the University of Florida where she played her freshman and sophomore seasons before transferring to Washington. Although originally from Agoura Hills, Calif., Boisclair also went to high school in Florida, attending Boca Prep High School where she was ranked in the top ten in the nation during her senior year (1997). This year, Boisclair is 28-7 overall in singles, including a 21-1 mark in dual action, and has posted an 18-9 doubles record. The Husky co-captain advanced further than any other Washington player in the main draw singles bracket at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, before falling to the eventual champion, Oregon's Daria Panova, in the quarterfinals.
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.
REGIONAL RECAP: The sixth-ranked Washington women's team earned a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in the last three years, after shutting out No. 25 Illinois 4-0 in the NCAA Regional Final held at Quillian Stadium on the UW campus, May 11. Sunday's contest was a rematch of the 2001 regional final in Seattle, as the Huskies ousted Illinois from the tournament with a 4-0 win that season en route to their Elite Eight finish. 'The girls were really tough today,' UW head coach Patty McCain said. 'I was surprised at how we took over the match from the very beginning. That's what you hope for all year. We've been training all year for this and trying to taper our workouts towards competing on the weekend and it's really worked well for us.' Washington clinched the doubles point and proceeded to win the next three singles matches in straight sets to earn the victory. UW's No. 1 pair of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic defeated Illinois' Jennifer McGaffigan and Michelle Webb, 8-3, to set the Husky season doubles record with 26 wins. Junior Erin Hoe held the previous record of 25 set during the 2001 season. Also picking up a win was the Husky doubles team of Erin Boisclair and Hoe. In singles action, Boisclair cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Brianna Knue in the No. 4 spot to improve her dual record to 21-1 (28-7 overall). Colleen Gray defeated Webb at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-1), while Hoe took care of Leila Cehajic, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 6 spot. Washington blanked Southern 4-0 in its NCAA first round match on May 10.
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.
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.