Women's Tennis Suffers 4-3 Upset To UCLA In NCAA Round of 16

May 15, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The sixth-ranked Washington women's tennis team suffered a 4-3 upset at the hands of 13th-ranked UCLA in the 2003 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships Round of 16 at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla., Thursday afternoon.

The Huskies, seeded sixth in the tournament, end their regular season with an overall record of 19-4, while the Bruins (16-10), seeded 11th, advance on to face No. 3 seed Duke on Friday at 10 a.m. in the quarterfinals. Washington's trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 was its second in the last three years. In 2001, UW advanced as far as the Elite Eight.

The Bruins opened the match winning the doubles point, but the Huskies stormed back to take a 3-1 lead on singles wins from senior Erin Boisclair, senior Darija Klaic, and freshman Dinka Hadzic. The Bruins made a comeback of their own, picking up wins at the No. 1 and No. 4 positions to tie the team score at 3-3. At No. 1 singles, 34th-ranked sophomore Dea Sumantri retired in the second set with cramping to award UCLA's 12th-ranked Sara Walker the win. Senior Colleen Gray won the first set over Feriel Esseghir, 6-4, on court four, but lost the next two sets, 6-2, 6-2.

The deciding match came down to court number five. UW junior Erin Hoe won the first set over Laura Gordon, 6-2, only to have Gordon win the second set, 6-4 and the third set tiebreaker,7-6 (4).

'It was a good hard fought match,' UW head coach Patty McCain said. 'UCLA played a good match and they were tough all the way.'

Washington, who had defeated UCLA by the score of 6-1 earlier this season on April 12, played without the services of All-American Claire Carter, who was declared ineligible by the NCAA prior to the start of the Round of 16 matches. Carter, UW's No. 2 singles player and a part of the No. 1 doubles team, will also be ineligible for the NCAA Individual Championships unless she is reinstated prior to the start of that competition (May 19).

The NCAA is investigating whether Carter, a native of Nottingham, England, used two years of eligibility following her 1997 graduation date from high school in England and before she enrolled at Washington in the fall of 2000. The NCAA is investigating 48 male and female tennis student-athletes who were educated in Britain to determine whether their dates of high school graduation have been properly certified by Division I institutions.

Carter's absence forced McCain to juggle the lineup, moving Hadzic, who hadn't competed since April 24, into the No. 6 singles spot which bumped the remaining four players up one position in the lineup. Hadzic also played doubles with Klaic in the No. 3 spot.

'It was a very frustrating loss, but our girls played very well,' McCain said. 'They played the best they could under those conditions. The heart and courage they played with was incredible. The odds were against them and they just came up a little bit short. We had been telling Dinka she needed to be ready in case anyone went down with injury. She had been practicing hard and focusing hard. Dinka played great in her first set, lost her composure a little in the second, but she was determined to right the ship in the third set. She played exactly the way we thought she could. '

NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS ROUND OF 16
May 15, 2003 o Ring Tennis Complex o Gainesville, Fla.
# 13 UCLA 4, #6 WASHINGTON 3

Doubles
1. Jackie Carleton/Feriel Essghir (UCLA) def. Colleen Gray/Dea Sumantri (UW), 8-2
2. #46 Laura Gordon/Sara Walker (UCLA) def. Erin Boisclair/Erin Hoe (UW), 8-3
3. Anya Loncaric/Susi Wild (UCLA) def. Dinka Hadzic/Darija Klaic (UW), 8-6

Singles
1. #12 Sara Walker (UCLA) def. #34 Dea Sumantri (UW), 6-4, 5-5 (ret.)
2. #84 Darija Klaic (UW) def. #20 Jackie Carleton (UCLA), 6-4, 6-4
3. #81 Erin Boisclair (UW) def. #50 Susi Wild (UCLA), 6-2, 6-3
4. Feriel Essighir (UCLA) def. Colleen Gray (UW), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. Erin Hoe (UW), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
6. Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Anya Loncaric (UCLA), 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

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