Sumantri Readies For NCAA Singles Championship
May 18, 2005
After falling to UCLA in the second round of the NCAA team championship, the season is over for all but one member of the Washington women's tennis team. Senior All-American Dea Sumantri received an at-large bid to the NCAA Singles Championship and will represent the Huskies in the final leg of her collegiate career. The singles championship will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. and kicks off on Monday, May 23 with one round of matches played each day until Saturday, May 28. The championship final will be held Saturday at 8 a.m. PT. Sumantri is the nation's 18th-ranked singles player according to the latest ITA rankings released May 2. The draws for the NCAA championship have not yet been announced but can be located at either georgiadogs.com or ncaasports.com when available.
SUMANTRI AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Sumantri is making her third straight trip to the NCAA singles championships. As a sophomore in 2003, she advanced to the Round of 16. Sumantri defeated Stanford's Alice Barnes and William & Mary's Candice Fuchs, before falling to Georgia's Agata Cioroch in the Sweet 16. As a junior in 2004, Sumantri competed in both singles and doubles. In singles, she defeated Anca Anastasiu of USC in the first round but fell to eventual NCAA champion Amber Liu of Stanford in the second round. In doubles, she paired with fellow All-American Claire Carter to match the longest NCAA run by a UW duo. Sumantri and Carter reached the quarterfinals, falling to the team of Kovacek and Lukowski from New Mexico. Sumantri has earned three All-America honors: one in singles in 2003, and both a singles and doubles certificate in 2004. She is the only UW women's tennis player to earn both singles and doubles All-America honors in the same season.
AGAINST THE FIELD:
Sumantri has faced 20 of the 64 competitors in the singles championship this year, compiling an overall record of 12-11 against them. She faced UCLA's Daniela Bercek and Oregon's Daria Panova twice, splitting both meetings. One of those encounters versus Bercek came in the Huskies' NCAA second round match with UCLA, May 14. Sumantri fell 1-6, 3-6, as the Bruins ousted Washington from the tournament. Sumantri has faced five of the top-eight seeded players and is 2-3 against them. She has picked up victories over No. 6 Robin Stephenson (Alabama) and No. 8 Suzi Babos (California). Sumantri suffered defeats to No. 1 Megan Bradley (Florida), No. 2 Julie Coin (Clemson) and No. 7 Amber Liu (Stanford).
SUMANTRI'S 2004-2005 SEASON NOTES:
ITA Northwest Region Senior Player of the Year
Second-team All-Pac-10 selection
Overall singles record of 27-14, doubles record of 19-13
Defeated 14 ranked opponents, nine of which were ranked in the Top-40 at the time
Defeated five players currently ranked in the Top-26: Alabama's Robin Stephenson (No. 6), Cal's Suzi Babos (No. 8), UCLA's Daniela Bercek (No. 11), USC's Lindsey Nelson (No. 16) and UCLA's Riza Zalameda (26)
Huskies' No. 1 singles and doubles player
Compiled 13-5 overall singles record in tournament play
Ranked as high as fifth in the nation in singles, marking the second time a Husky has broken into the Top-10
Opened the season winning 23 of her first 29 matches, but has lost eight of her last 12 heading into the NCAA singles championship
SUMANTRI'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Ranks second all-time in UW history with 103 career singles victories (103-48)
Ranks second all-time in UW history with 86 career doubles victories (86-54)
Second Husky ever to record 100 career singles victories
Two-time All-American (2003: singles; 2004: singles, doubles)
2005 ITA Northwest Region Senior Player of the Year
2004 First-Team All-Pac-10 selection
2003 & 2005 Second-Team All-Pac-10 selection
2004 First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic
2003 Second-Team Pac-10 All-Academic
Reached 2004 NCAA doubles quarterfinals with Claire Carter
Won 2004 Pac-10 Indoor doubles title
Advanced to doubles semifinal at 2003 Pac-10 Championships
Ranked as high as No. 4 nationally in doubles with Claire Carter (2004), No. 5 in singles (2005)
SUMANTRI ASCENDS RECORDBOOKS:
Senior All-American Dea Sumantri is in the midst of a stellar 27-14 season in which she has established herself as one of the elite players in the nation. However, wins have been tougher to come by as of late for the senior, after she began the year with a 23-6 record. Still, 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. 18, also has wins over five players currently ranked in the top-26, including Robin Stephenson of Alabama (No. 6), Suzi Babos of Cal (No. 8), UCLA's Daniela Bercek (No. 11), USC's Lindsey Nelson (No. 16), and UCLA's Riza Zalameda (26). On January 29, 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 103-48, trailing only the 111 singles wins amassed by Kristina Kraszewski (1998-01). She also has been a force on the doubles courts, totalling 86 career doubles wins, good for second place all-time. Four-time All-American Claire Carter holds that record with 93 wins (2001-04).
Live scoring, complete results, quotes and notes can be found on the University of Georgia's website at www.georgiadogs.com.
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