Huskies Open 2005 Season Hosting Pac-10 Indoor Championships This Weekend

Jan. 11, 2005

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THIS WEEK: The 10th-ranked Washington women's tennis team opens the 2005 season hosting the 13th annual Pac-10 Indoor Championships at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center on the UW campus, Friday, Jan. 14, through, Sunday, Jan. 16. Competition each day begins at 9 a.m. PT. The Huskies welcome several of the nation's top teams to Seattle this weekend. The Pac-10 is the nation's premier tennis conference as its members won 15 of 23 national team titles since the NCAA began sponsoring women's tennis in 1982. Stanford has won the NCAA title three times in the last four years and 13 times overall. The Cardinal are also the unanimous No. 1 in the latest rankings, released today. Five Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Stanford, UCLA, and Washington advanced to the quarterfinals, with Stanford and UCLA advancing to face each other in the finals. The Cardinal defeated the Bruins, 4-1, to win the championship.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: This weekend's individual tournament will feature three singles flights and two doubles flights as well as consolation play. Two rounds of singles will take place Friday, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. One round of doubles will be played each day. Each day of action gets underway at 9 a.m., beginning with doubles. Tournament draws will be posted on the Husky website (www.gohuskies.com) on Thursday evening.

THE FIELD: All nine Pac-10 teams that sponsor women's tennis (Oregon State does not) are represented in this event and all nine are ranked in the initial spring rankings. Five teams are ranked in the Top-20, including No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA, No. 7 USC, No. 10 Washington and No. 17 California. Completing the Pac-10 field is No. 27 Oregon, No. 38 Arizona State, No. 42 Arizona and No. 66 Washington State.

TOP INDIVIDUALS: The Pac-10 boasts some of the top individual talent in the nation, and this year has seen an influx of freshmen who made a major impact in the fall season. Three Pac-10 players are ranked in the Top-10 in singles, and all three are freshmen. Third-ranked Suzi Babos of Cal leads the way, followed by No. 6 Nicole Leimbach (USC) and No. 9 Riza Zalameda (UCLA). Additional top singles players include No. 12 Alice Barnes (Stanford), No. 13 Dea Sumantri (Washington), No. 20 Daniela Bercek (UCLA), No. 22 Erin Burdette (Stanford), No. 23 Dianne Hollands (Arizona), No. 29 Lindsey Nelson (USC), No. 31 Daria Panova (Oregon), No. 34 Dominika Dieskova (Oregon), and No. 35 Theresa Logar (Stanford). The top-ranked doubles pair this weekend will be the fourth-ranked duo of Zalameda and Bercek of UCLA. Other Top doubles teams include No. 7 Barnes and Burdette (Stanford), and No. 17 Hollands and Maja Mlakar (Arizona).

TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Results can be accessed at the Huskies' official website at www.gohuskies.com, with updates posted periodically during the tournament.

2004 RECAP: The Huskies enjoyed perhaps their most successful season in history last year, coming within mere points of their first ever Final Four appearance. Washington earned their eighth-straight postseason berth and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second time in four years. UW defeated Fairfield, Oregon and Arizona State to reach the Elite Eight, where they were barely edged, 4-3, by No. 7 Clemson with the final match coming down to a third-set tiebreak. Washington won 21 matches against only six losses, matching an all-time high for victories under head coach Patty McCain. UW was ranked in the top-10 all year, including a high mark of fourth, the highest ranking in school history. In the Pac-10, the Huskies finished 5-3, good for a fourth place finish behind eventual national champion Stanford, USC, and national runner-up UCLA. Junior Dea Sumantri earned her second All-American certificate in singles and finished ranked No. 17. Sumantri also teamed with senior Claire Carter to reach the NCAA doubles quarterfinals and earn All-American certificates. It was the fourth All-American award for Carter, the first Husky to achieve that. For her efforts, Patty McCain earned national acclaim, being named National Coach of the Year.

UP NEXT: The Huskies start the dual season on the road with a pair of matches in the state of Utah. Friday, January 21, UW faces Utah at 11 a.m. and Sunday, January 25, they take on No. 25 BYU in Provo at 11 a.m. Both start times are local.

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