Women's Tennis Opens Season Ranked No. 7

Jan. 13, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington women's tennis team is ranked No. 7 in the nation, according to the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released today. The Huskies also have three singles players and one doubles team garnering preseason acclaim, led by the 29th-ranked doubles duo of senior Claire Carter and junior Dea Sumantri.

The Husky women are one of five Pac-10 teams in the Top-11, including No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Cal, No. 6 USC and No. 11 UCLA. Washington's No. 7 national ranking is one spot below its final 2003 rank of No. 6, which stands as the highest ever final ranking for a Husky women's squad. Defending NCAA champion Florida is the nation's top-ranked team.

Carter and Sumantri, playing doubles together for the first time this season, are ranked 29th in the nation. Carter is also ranked 35th in singles, while Sumantri is 49th. Freshman Saskia Nauenberg also appears in the preseason rankings at No. 90 in singles.

Washington is preparing to open the 2004 season when it hosts the annual Pac-10 Indoor Tennis Championships at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, Friday, Jan. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 18. All nine Pac-10 schools that sponsor women's tennis are ranked in the Top-51, including No. 19 Arizona State, No. 26 Arizona, No. 40 Oregon and No. 51 Washington State.

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