No. 8 Women's Tennis Hits Road For Two Matches In San Diego

March 1, 2005

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- THIS WEEK: The eighth-ranked Huskies are San Diego bound this weekend for a pair of non-conference dual matches. Washington (9-1, 1-0 Pac-10) will be looking to extend its four-match win streak on Friday, March 4 against the 49th-ranked University of San Diego Toreros in a 2 p.m. match. The Huskies then turn around to face the No. 68 San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday, March 5, at 12 p.m.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: The University of San Diego Toreros are currently 2-3, picking up a 4-3 win in their last match against an unranked Furman team. San Diego posted an 11-9 record last year, losing in the final of the West Coast Conference tournament to Pepperdine. Leading the Toreros is junior Emma Murphy, ranked 45th in singles. Murphy was named the 2004 WCC Singles Player of the Year. San Diego has already played two Pac-10 teams, losing 7-0 to Arizona and USC. The Huskies scored a 6-1 win over the Toreros last season yet trail the all-time series, 6-12.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs are 4-3, with all three of their losses coming to Pac-10 teams. San Diego State was swept by USC last weekend, but put up strong performances in a 4-3 loss to Oregon and a 5-2 defeat at the hands of California. The Aztecs were 9-15 last season, going 4-3 in the Mountain West Conference. The Huskies swept the Aztecs, 7-0, last year in Seattle, and lead the all-time series, 5-3.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies took care of business against an overmatched Illinois team this past Saturday in their first home match in nearly a month. The Huskies swept singles play against the 45th-ranked Fighting Illini, scoring a 6-1 victory. Dea Sumantri earned a solid win at No. 1 singles over 36th-ranked Cynthya Goulet and Mugette Ahn moved up to No. 2 singles to defeat Macall Harkins, 6-1, 7-6. Dinka Hadzic clinched the win at No. 3 singles with a straight-set win over Momei Qu. At No. 5 singles, Tara Simpson dominated Anastasia Sokolova, 6-1, 6-1, for the day's easiest win. Saskia Nauenberg and Allison Rainey came through in a pair of three-set singles matches at fourth and sixth singles, respectively. The Huskies' doubles play struggles continued however, as Illinois scored their only point by winning No. 2 and 3 doubles.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Senior Dea Sumantri broke into the top-10, rising up to No. 5 when the newest ITA singles and doubles rankings were released on Feb. 22. Sumantri is the second Husky in program history to reach the top-10, along with Kristina Kraszewski. Kraszewski was a familiar face in the top-10 during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, spending five weeks as the top-ranked player in 2000. Sumantri's previous career-high was No. 11. Junior Dinka Hadzic also made her first career appearance in the national singles rankings, rising all the way up to No. 37. In the latest ITA team rankings, the Huskies maintained their season-high No. 8 ranking. The Huskies remain the second-highest ranked Pac-10 team behind No. 1 Stanford.

SUMANTRI ASCENDS RECORDBOOKS: With her straight-set win over 36th-ranked Cynthya Goulet this weekend, two-time All-American senior Dea Suamntri recorded her 20th victory on the season against only six defeats. She has knocked off 11 ranked opponents, nine of which were in the top-40 at the time of the match. Sumantri, now ranked a career high No. 5, also has wins over four players currently ranked in the top-20, including Robin Stephenson of Alabama (No. 6), Suzi Babos of Cal (No. 7), UCLA's Riza Zalameda (No. 15), and USC's Lindsey Nelson (No. 17). On Januray 29th, Sumantri defeated Boise State's Megan Bjorkman for her 92nd career singles win, passing Claire Carter (2001-04) for second place on the career singles wins list. Sumantri now owns a career singles record of 96-40, trailing only the 111 singles wins amassed by Kristina Kraszewski (1998-01). She also has been a force on the doubles courts, totalling 78 career doubles wins, good for third place all-time.

UP NEXT: Washington returns home for arguably the most challenging weekend of the year, as they host perennial Pac-10 and national powers UCLA and USC. Friday, March 11, the Huskies face the No. 11 Bruins at 12 p.m., then battle the No. 12 Trojans on Saturday, March 12 also at 12 p.m. The matches will be outdoors at Bill Quillian Stadium, weather permitting.