No. 10 Huskies Travel To Utah for Start of Dual Season

Jan. 18, 2005

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- THIS WEEK: Dual match play begins this week for the 10th-ranked Washington Huskies (0-0) as the team travels to the state of Utah for a pair of road matches. The Huskies kick off their 2005 season against Utah State (0-0) in Provo on Friday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. Then the Dawgs face an early test against No. 25 BYU (1-0) on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m.

LAST WEEK: Washington opened its spring season by hosting the 13th-annual Pac-10 Indoor Championships at the Nordstrom Tennis Center this past weekend. Six of the top 30 players in the nation were entered in Flight I of the singles competition and the entire field featured 12 of the top 100 women in the current ITA Rankings. Washington's Dea Sumantri reached the finals of the main singles draw while Dinka Hadzic was a semifinalist. Sumantri defeated three ranked players to reach the finals including UCLA's Elizabeth Lumpkin (125), Oregon's Dominika Dieskova (34) and USC's Lindsey Nelson (29). Hadzic upset the tournament's top seed and sixth-ranked player, USC's Nicole Leimbach, in the first round. Both Husky women were defeated by Stanford's Erin Burdette. Burdette, the fourth-seed, defeated Hadzic in the semis then overcame Sumantri in three sets to win the title, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Senior Mugette Ahn had a strong showing in the Flight II singles draw, reaching the semifinals before an injury forced her to retire during her semifinal match.

SCOUTING UTAH STATE: The Aggies will be opening their season against the Huskies after struggling to a 5-14 record in 2004 and an 0-6 mark in the Big West Conference. Utah State has no singles or doubles teams currently in the ITA Rankings. This will be the first match between the two schools.

SCOUTING BYU: The 25th-ranked Cougars of Brigham Young opened their season with a 7-0 sweep of Weber State. They will face Washington State on Friday before the Huskies visit on Saturday. The defending Mountain West Conference champions finished last season with a 24-6 mark and a No. 21 national ranking. BYU fell to Pepperdine in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year. No Cougars are ranked in singles, however Lauren Jones and Dolly Chang are 44th in the doubles rankings. Washington leads the all-time series 3-2 over BYU including a 5-2 win in the third match of last season at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: In the first ITA team rankings released January 11, the Huskies debuted at No. 10, one step down from their final 2004 finish of No. 9. Senior Dea Sumantri is the only Husky currently in the singles rankings at No. 13. Sumantri and Dinka Hadzic are the 56th-ranked doubles team in the current poll.

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: Washington will host its first home dual matches of the season next weekend when the Gonzaga Bulldogs pay the Nordstrom Tennis Center a visit on Friday, Jan. 28 at noon. The following day, Jan. 29, the Huskies face Boise State at 11 a.m.

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