Seniors Say Goodbye With Final Match Vs. Cougars Friday

April 14, 2005

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- THIS WEEK: Washington's women's tennis team looks to end the regular season on a high note on Friday, when they close out conference play with a home match against the Washington State Cougars. For the No. 22 Huskies (13-8, 2-4 Pac-10), it will be the final home match for two-time All-American Dea Sumantri and two-year starter Mugette Ahn. The match gets underway at 1:30 p.m. at Bill Quillian Stadium.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are unranked and winless in Pac-10 play at 0-6. They are 9-12 overall. In their past two matches they were swept both by Arizona and Arizona State. The Huskies defeated the Cougars, 4-2, in a non-conference dual in Pullman. Doubles was not played, and the Huskies took four of six singles matches, however seniors Dea Sumantri and Mugette Ahn were upset at first and third singles and will be out for payback this weekend. Freshman Erika Burduli has been solid as the No. 1 singles player for the Cougars, and is ranked 71st. The Huskies have dominated the all-time series, leading 41-6.

LAST TIME OUT: It was another difficult weekend in Pac-10 play for the women, as they split a pair of matches with Arizona and Arizona State. On April 8, the Huskies lost doubles and the top two singles matches, but the lower part of the singles line-up came through for a 4-3 Husky victory. Sophomore Saskia Nauenberg defeated Kelly Perry 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4 singles, freshman Allison Rainey took out Camelia Todorova, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles, and freshman Tara Simpson clinched the win with a three set fifth singles win over Kasia Jakowlew, 6-1 in the third set. Senior Mugette Ahn was the beneficiary of a withdrawal by Stephanie Balzert at third singles for UW's fourth point. The Huskies were unable to carry the momentum through against the Sun Devils, dropping a 5-2 decision on April 9. Dea Sumantri was a straight set winner at the top singles spot and Simpson won her fifth straight match, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5 singles over Lauren Colalillo. However, the Sun Devils swept doubles play and took the other four singles matches in straight sets.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington fell one spot in the April 12 ITA Team Rankings to No. 22, their lowest point of the season. The Huskies were ranked as high as eighth after their 10-1 start but injuries and close losses have hampered them of late. Senior Dea Sumantri fell out of the top-10 in the April 5 singles rankings, down to No. 15. Junior Dinka Hadzic also took a slight dip in the rankings, coming in now at No. 54.

SUMANTRI ASCENDS RECORDBOOKS: Senior All-American Dea Sumantri is in the midst of a stellar 26-11 season in which she has established herself as one of the elite players in the nation. She has 'bageled' two of her last three opponents, winning without losing a single game. Wins have been tougher to come by as of late for the senior, after she began the year with a 23-6 record. Sumantri has knocked off 14 ranked opponents, nine of which were in the top-40 at the time of the match. Sumantri, currently ranked No. 15, also has wins over five players currently ranked in the top-25, including Suzi Babos of Cal (No. 4), Robin Stephenson of Alabama (No. 8), USC's Lindsey Nelson (No. 13), and UCLA's Riza Zalameda (23) and Daniela Bercek (25). 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 102-45, trailing only the 111 singles wins amassed by Kristina Kraszewski (1998-01). She also has been a force on the doubles courts, totalling 83 career doubles wins, good for third place all-time.

UP NEXT: The Huskies will send representatives to Ojai, California to compete in the prestigious Pac-10 Championships next weekend. The tournament runs Thursday through Sunday, April 21-24 with competition in both singles and doubles.

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