Women's Tennis Opens Pac-10 Play At Oregon Friday
March 11, 2004
Winners of six of its last seven matches, No. 8 Washington women's tennis (11-2, 0-0 Pac-10) opens Pac-10 play on the road this week against the No. 23 Oregon Ducks (9-5, 2-4 Pac-10), Friday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. at Oregon's Student Tennis Center in Eugene. UW will look for the season sweep over Oregon following its 5-2 win over the Ducks in Seattle earlier in the year. After wrapping a three-match homestand last week, the Huskies now play their next three straight on the road. UW will head to Alabama to face non-conference opponents Virginia Commonwealth and South Alabama next weekend.
UW head coach Patty McCain needs one more win to reach 100 overall victories at the helm of the Husky women's tennis program. Her career record at UW is 99-53.
IN THE RANKINGS:
The Huskies held onto their No. 8 billing in the latest ITA national rankings released Tuesday. UW opened the season ranked No. 7 and moved up as high as No. 4, its highest rank in school history. Washington now has three singles players and one doubles duo ranked as well. Senior Claire Carter and junior Dea Sumantri continue to climb in the singles ranking, with Sumantri moving up to No. 20 and Carter moving up to No. 22. As a doubles duo, the pair ranks sixth. Senior Erin Hoe made her debut in the singles rankings this week, breaking in at No. 78.
Dea Sumantri is the only Husky still undefeated in dual play with a 12-0 record...she is 6-0 at No. 1 singles and 6-0 at No. 2...Sumantri has an overall record of 16-4...Dinka Hadzic, Erin Hoe and Saskia Nauenberg share the team lead in singles wins with 18...Hoe and Nauenberg have identical 11-2 dual records...Claire Carter and Sumantri are UW's top doubles pair with a 17-7 overall record, 9-4 in dual play...the Huskies have won the doubles point in five of 13 matches...Washington's only losses this year have come to Top-10 opponents: then-No. 2 Stanford and then-No. 10 Northwestern.
Oregon is 9-5 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10 this season. The Ducks will look to snap a five-match losing streak when they begin play this weekend. Unlike the Huskies, the Ducks already have six Pac-10 matches under their belts, with their only wins coming over Arizona State (5-2) and Arizona (6-1). Following Friday's match with Washington, Oregon will also host a conference match with Washington State. Junior Daria Panova leads the team with a No. 8 singles ranking, while freshman Dominika Dieskova is ranked No. 53. Oregon does not have any nationally ranked doubles teams. Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon 51-2. The Huskies won this year's earlier season meeting in Seattle, 5-2.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington won three matches in three days on its home courts last weekend. The Huskies opened the weekend with a 6-1 win over No. 67 San Diego. UW lost the doubles point, but came back to sweep all six singles matches. Washington followed that performance by blanking No. 47 San Diego State 7-0. Claire Carter and Dea Sumantri, ranked 19th in doubles at the time, upset the 13th-ranked team of Indra Erichsen and Katalina Romero, 8-4. Saskia Nauenberg and Monika Kolbovic teamed to pick up the other doubles win in the No. 3 spot, while all six singles wins came in straight sets. UW wrapped the successful weekend with a 5-2 win over cross-state rival Washington State. The Cougars claimed the important doubles point but were only able to pick up one singles win, with Amy Toth defeating Stephanie Svanfeldt in the No. 6 spot. It was the only singles loss for the Huskies all weekend.
The Huskies earned their seventh-straight postseason berth and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in three years. UW was selected to host the regional and earned its trip to the team finals with 4-0 wins over Southern and Illinois. Washington fell to UCLA, 4-3, in the Round of 16. The Huskies finished the year with an overall record of 19-4 and a 6-2 Pac-10 mark. Their No. 6 final season ranking was its highest final rank in school history. Three Huskies earned All-America certificates with sophomore Dea Sumantri earning singles honors, while senior Darija Klaic and junior Claire Carter doing so in doubles. Carter became Washington's second three-time All-American with the honor. Patty McCain was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second time in her career, while Sumantri earned All-Pac-10 second-team honors and Carter was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick.
Washington faces Virginia Commonwealth (March 21, 9 a.m.) and South Alabama (March 22, 9 a.m.) in Mobile, Ala., next week.