No. 19 Huskies Ready For Sacramento State and Tulane
March 31, 2005
- THIS WEEK: Non-conference play wraps up this weekend for Washington's women's tennis team, as the 19th-ranked Huskies host No. 44 Sacramento State and No. 21 Tulane. The Huskies (12-5, 1-3 Pac-10) take to the courts against Sacramento State on Friday, April 1 at 1:30 p.m., then face the Green Wave of Tulane on Saturday, April 2 at 12 noon. Both matches are scheduled for the Bill Quillian Stadium, but may move indoors to the Nordstrom Tennis Center depending on weather conditions.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE: The Sacramento State Hornets are currently ranked 44th, but have won 11 matches in a row and currently are 14-3. The Hornets have also defeated five ranked opponents in a row, the highest being Fresno State, who was No. 31 at the time but has since dropped to No. 52. The Hornets and Huskies have several opponents in common. In their last match, Sacramento State defeated San Diego, 4-3, while Washington handed San Diego a 5-1 loss. The Hornets also earned a 4-3 win over New Mexico, who the Huskies handled, 6-1. Sophomore Margarita Karnaukhova ranks 28th in singles, while freshman Cecillia Helland ranks 65th. Washington scored a 5-2 win over Sacramento State last season in Seattle, highlighted by Dea Sumantri's three-set win over Karnaukhova at No. 1 singles. The Huskies are 4-0 all-time against the Hornets.
SCOUTING TULANE: The 21st-ranked Green Wave of Tulane are currently enjoying a five-match winning streak and also have won 11 of their past 12. They are 13-5 on the season with all five losses coming to teams ranked in the top-20. Tulane boasts three ranked singles players, including junior Jenny Kuehn (51), senior Nancy Kockott (67), and junior Julie Smekodub (96). Tulane is strong in doubles, with Smekodub and Kuehn ranking 29th as a duo, and Maria Ivanov and Darya Ivanov ranking 37th. Tulane is 12-4 in the doubles point. The Huskies and Green Wave have never met before.
LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies played a string of three matches in five days over spring break last week, defeating Washington State and Portland but dropping a 4-3 decision to Oregon. Against the Cougars on March 20, the Huskies took four of six singles matches to win 4-2 in Pullman. Doubles was not played. Tara Simpson and Allison Rainey were dominant in the fifth and sixth singles positions, dropping only three games combined. Dinka Hadzic and Saskia Nauenberg each picked up wins in three sets to secure the win. Against the Ducks, Oregon captured the doubles point and the teams split the six singles matches as the Ducks scored the upset. Nauenberg and Rainey picked up straight-set wins at third and fifth singles, respectively, and Stephanie Svanfeldt prevailed at No. 6 singles in a third-set tiebreak. The Huskies played without injured senior Mugette Ahn. Washington righted the ship against Portland, sweeping the Pilots, 7-0 without dropping a set. Dea Sumantri earned her 100th career victory by shutting out Sanja Indic, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles. The Huskies also won the doubles point for the first time since Feb. 3, snapping a string of nine straight losses.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: The latest ITA team rankings, released March 29, find the Huskies at No. 19. The current singles and doubles rankings date from March 22, with senior Dea Sumantri maintaining her presence in the top-10 at No. 9. Sumantri has been ranked as high as fifth this season. She 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 sits just outside the top-40 at No. 43.
SUMANTRI ASCENDS RECORDBOOKS: After breaking out of a three-match skid last Thursday against Portland, senior All-American Dea Sumantri owns a 24-9 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. 9, also has wins over three players currently ranked in the top-10, including Suzi Babos of Cal (No. 4), Robin Stephenson of Alabama (No. 7), and USC's LIndsey Nelson (No. 10). 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. With her win over Portland's Sanja Indic, Sumantri became the second Husky ever to record 100 career victories. Sumantri now owns a career singles record of 100-43, trailing only the 111 singles wins amassed by Kristina Kraszewski (1998-01). She also has been a force on the doubles courts, totalling 81 career doubles wins, good for third place all-time.
UP NEXT: Washington returns to Pac-10 play next weekend, travelling to take on Arizona and Arizona State. Friday, April 8, the Huskies face the Wildcats at 1:30 p.m., then contend with the Sun Devils on Saturday, April 9, at 12 p.m.