No. 12 Huskies Host No. 10 UCLA, No. 13 USC This Weekend

March 8, 2005

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- THIS WEEK: Washington's women's tennis team prepares for the biggest home series of the year this weekend, as the No. 10 UCLA Bruins and No. 13 USC Trojans both invade Seattle for a pair of Pac-10 matches. The No. 12 Huskies (10-2, 1-0 Pac-10) host the Bruins (6-3) on Friday, March 11 at noon then battle the Trojans (6-1) on Saturday, March 12 at noon. The matches will be held at the Bill Quillian Stadium, weather permitting.

SCOUTING UCLA: The Bruins are one of the elite programs in women's tennis, losing in the final of last year's NCAA Championships to Stanford. The 10th-ranked Bruins are 6-3 on the season and have played three opponents in common with Washington. The Bruins lost 4-3 to Miami, who the Huskies beat 4-3. They defeated Cal 6-1, who Washington also defeated, 4-3. Both teams lost 6-1 decisions to Stanford. The Bruins have a very strong young team, led by freshman Riza Zalameda who is ranked 19th. Sophomore Daniela Bercek is ranked 48th and was half of the NCAA champion doubles team last year along with graduated teammate Lauren Fisher. Junior Laura Gordon is ranked 83rd, and Bercek and Zalameda are the third-ranked doubles team. UW's Dea Sumantri pulled out a tough win against Zalameda in the ITA National Indoor Championships. The Huskies are 2-12 all-time against the Bruins.

SCOUTING USC: The Trojans boast two of the top freshmen in the nation in Nicole Leimbach and Lindsey Nelson. Leimbach is now ranked 15th and Nelson is right behind at No. 16. UW's Dinka Hadzic upset Leimbach in the Pac-10 Indoor Championships when the Trojan was ranked sixth. Sumantri also defeated Nelson in the same tourney. USC's only loss has come to top-ranked Stanford. Nelson and sophomore Anca Anastasiu are ranked 56th in doubles. The youthful Trojans have no seniors and only one junior on their roster. USC leads the all-time series with the Huskies, 10-1.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies split a pair of matches last weekend in San Diego. Their March 4 match against No. 49 San Diego was suspended due to rain with UW leading 3-1. The Huskies had to return early the next morning to complete play, as seniors Dea Sumantri and Mugette Ahn each won their third sets to secure the 5-1 win. Doubles was not played. Sumantri earned her fourth-straight win over a ranked opponent with her three-set win over No. 45 Emma Murphy. Washington then had to head directly to the home of the San Diego State Aztecs, and ran out of gas against an Aztec team that's on the rise with three straight wins over ranked opponents. In today's rankings, the Aztecs jumped all the way from 68th to 25th. Washington lost the doubles point and could only get wins from Sumantri and Saskia Nauenberg in singles. The 5-2 loss snapped a five match win streak. Nauenberg and Sumantri both went 2-0 over the weekend.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: In the March 8 singles and doubles rankings, senior Dea Sumantri remains a solid presence in the top-10 at No. 6, down one spot from her career high No. 5. 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. Junior Dinka Hadzic rose three spots in the latest ranings to a new career high of 34. After last weekend's split, the Huskies dropped four spots to No. 12 in the March 8 team rankings.

SUMANTRI ASCENDS RECORDBOOKS: With her two wins last weekend, two-time All-American senior Dea Suamntri recorded her 21st and 22nd victories of the season against only six defeats. She has knocked off 12 ranked opponents, nine of which were in the top-40 at the time of the match. Sumantri, currently ranked No. 6, also has wins over four players currently ranked in the top-20, including Suzi Babos of Cal (No. 5), Robin Stephenson of Alabama (No. 7), USC's LIndsey Nelson (No. 16) and UCLA's Riza Zalameda (No. 19). 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 98-40, trailing only the 111 singles wins amassed by Kristina Kraszewski (1998-01). She also has been a force on the doubles courts, totalling 79 career doubles wins, good for third place all-time.

UP NEXT: The Huskies take a week off for finals before travelling to Washington State for a non-conference dual with the Cougars on Sunday, March 20 at 12 p.m.

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