Sumantri Ranked No. 5 In Latest ITA Rankings

Feb. 22, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - With today's release of the most recent ITA Singles Rankings, senior Dea Sumantri broke into the top-ten for the first time in her career. With a record of 19-6, Sumantri is now the nation's fifth-ranked singles player, and the second Husky to ever enter the top-ten. Junior Dinka Hadzic also earned her first career ranking, climbing all the way up to No. 37.

Sumantri (Jakarta, Indonesia) was propelled to her No. 5 ranking in large part thanks to her win this past weekend over Cal's third-ranked Suzi Babos. Based on their current rankings, Sumantri has wins this year over sixth-ranked Robin Stephenson of Alabama, Babos (7), UCLA's Riza Zalameda (15), and USC's Lindsey Nelson (17).

Washington's only previous top-ten player was Kristina Kraszewski, who was a mainstay during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, reaching No. 1 for five weeks during 2000. Sumantri's previous career-high was her No. 11 preseason ranking this year.

'The match against Babos this weekend at Cal was pretty instrumental in helping her get over that hump into the top-ten because she played brilliantly,' said Head Coach Patty McCain. 'To beat a player of that caliber, it really let her know she was good enough to be there. She certainly has the ability to vie for an NCAA championship, there's no question. Tennis is such a mental sport, you have to prove it to yourself, and for her that win was instrumental in helping her have that really solid inner confidence now.'

For Hadzic, UW's No. 2 singles player this season and a co-captain with Sumantri, the national ranking is especially gratifying. The Huskies needed Hadzic (Split, Croatia) to step up from fourth singles last year to the No. 2 spot this season, and she has responded to the pressure with a 14-6 singles record, 7-2 in dual match play. Hadzic has two signature wins on the season, upsetting currently ninth-ranked Nicole Leimbach of USC and 14th-ranked Erin Burdette of Stanford.

'We've been telling Dinka all along it's about paying attention to the little details and all of a sudden they'll pay off for you,' says McCain. 'She works so hard and has come a long way in terms of just concentrating on the little things. We knew she was going to pop up there pretty high, she has two really solid wins and a lot of other wins to back it up. It's nice for her and it's gratifying to know her hard work is really paying off.'

The Huskies are home this weekend hosting Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 26 at noon. The match will be played outdoors at Bill Quillian Stadium, weather permitting. Otherwise it will move indoors to the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

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