Trio Of Northwest Rivals On Tap For No. 14 Huskies
March 16, 2005
- THIS WEEK: The Husky women's tennis team will look to break out of their current three match slide in the coming days with three matches against northwest rivals. Sunday, March 20, the Huskies (10-4, 1-2 Pac-10) head east to Pullman for a non-conference dual match against the Washington State Cougars. Match time is set for 12 p.m. The Huskies then return home during next week's spring break. Tuesday, March 22, the Oregon Ducks come to town for a Pac-10 dual slated for a noon start, then fellow Oregonians the Portland Pilots challenge the Dawgs on Thursday, March 24 at 12 p.m.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: The 73rd-ranked Cougars are currently 6-8 on the season and 0-3 in the Pac-10. They were swept last weekend by USC and UCLA. The Cougars are without any players currently in the singles or doubles rankings. The Huskies scored a pair of dual wins over the Cougars last year including a 6-1 win in Pullman. Washington is 40-6 all-time against the Cougars.
SCOUTING OREGON: The Ducks are ranked 26th in the latest ITA poll. They're 1-1 in Pac-10 play and 11-2 overall. The Huskies handed the Ducks one of their two losses in a non-conference dual, 5-2 on Feb. 12 in Eugene. In that match, Washington took five of six singles matches, including a straight set win for Dea Sumantri over Daria Panova at No. 1 singles. In the singles rankings, Dominika Dieskova comes in at No. 73. This will be the fifth meeting between the Pac-10 rivals in just the last two years, with UW winning the previous four, including a 4-3 win in the NCAA second round last year. The Huskies hold a 54-2 series advantage against the Ducks.
SCOUTING PORTLAND: The unranked Pilots are 5-7 and 1-1 in West Coast Conference play so far this season. They will have a pair of matches with Brigham Young and Idaho before heading to Washington. Cristin Sammis and Sanja Indic lead the Pilots in the top two singles spots. The Huskies are a perfect 14-0 against the Pilots all time.
LAST TIME OUT: Washington was defeated in a pair of Pac-10 matches last weekend against the L.A. schools. March 11, the tenth-ranked UCLA Bruins handed the Huskies a 5-2 defeat. Dea Sumantri and Allison Rainey scored wins at first and sixth singles, respectively. The Huskies had a chance to score the upset, as Dinka Hadzic and Mugette Ahn were both engaged in third sets at second and third singles, but the Bruins pulled out each match to clinch the win. The following day against the No. 13 Trojans, Washington fell six points to one. Tara Simpson scored the Huskies' only point, with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles over USC's Carine Vermeulen. Sumantri won her first set against 15th-ranked Nicole Leimbach, 6-1, but Leimbach pulled out the second set, 7-5. Since the Trojans had already clinched the win, the match went to a tiebreak for the third set, with Leimbach winning 10-6, snapping Sumantri's six match win streak.
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 results, the Huskies dropped two spots to No. 14 in the March 15 ITA Rankings.
SUMANTRI ASCENDS RECORDBOOKS: After just missing a 2-0 weekend with Saturday's super-tiebreak loss to No. 15 Nicole Leimbach, senior All-American Dea Sumantri owns a 23-7 record on the year. She has knocked off 13 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 99-41, trailing only the 111 singles wins amassed by Kristina Kraszewski (1998-01). She also has been a force on the doubles courts, totalling 80 career doubles wins, good for third place all-time.
UP NEXT: The Huskies wrap up their non-conference schedule with a pair of home matches against No. 40 Sacramento State and No. 20 Tulane. Friday, April 1, the Huskies host Sacramento State at 1:30 p.m. The following day, April 2, Washington face Tulane at 12 noon. Both matches will be played at Bill Quillian Stadium.