Women's Tennis Competes In Pac-10 Individual Championships

April 26, 2006

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The UW women's tennis team (3-17, 0-8 Pac-10) will travel to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-10 Individual Championships at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club and Libbey Park, Thursday, April 27, through Sunday, April 30. The four-day tournament will crown conference champions in both singles and doubles. Representing Washington in the singles main draw will be senior Dinka Hadzic, sophomore Tara Simpson and freshman Victoria Brymer. Hadzic and Brymer will also play as a duo in the doubles main draw. The Pac-10 Championships are held in conjunction with the 106th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. Results and draws can be found at www.ojaitourney.org.

The 32-player singles draw will consist of three players from each of the nine schools that sponsor women's tennis, with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches, based upon the participant's record. The 16-team doubles draw will have one doubles team from each school and seven additional teams selected by the committee, based upon the participant's record. A 32-player invitational singles draw will also be played, as will a 16-team invitational doubles draw. Matches begin each day at 8 a.m., with two rounds of singles on opening day Thursday. One round of singles and two rounds of doubles will be played Friday, while semifinals and finals will take place Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The women's matches on Thursday and Friday will take place at the Ojai Valley Tennis Club and will move to Libbey Park on Saturday and Sunday.

In the first round of main draw singles on Thursday, Brymer is slated to face Arizona State's Sabrina Capannolo at 9:30 a.m., Simpson will face another Sun Devil - Roxanne Clarke - at 11 a.m., and Hadzic will face Stanford's Theresa Logar at 12:30 p.m. In the invitational singles draw, sophomore Allison Rainey will face UCLA's Anna Victoria Lind at 8 a.m., senior Stephanie Svanfeldt will face Oregon's Jamie Marshall at 11 a.m. and freshman Melinda Wong will face Oregon's Anna Powaska at 12:30 p.m. When doubles play begins Friday, Hadzic and Brymer will counter UCLA's Laura Gordon and Riza Zalameda at 9 a.m. in the main draw. In the invitational draw, two Husky teams will face two Stanford teams: Svanfeldt and Simpson will take on Megan Doheny and Jessica Leck at 9 a.m. and Rainey and Wong will face Whitney Deason and Joanna Kao at 10:15 a.m.

Only Dinka Hadzic and Tara Simpson have experience playing in the Pac-10 main draw. Last season, both Huskies fell in the first round. Hadzic lost to Arizona's Kelly Perry in three sets while Simpson lost to UCLA's Alex McGoodwin in two sets. In doubles, Hadzic advanced as far as the semifinals with Dea Sumantri, falling to Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey of Stanford, 8-0.

Stanford claimed the regular season Pac-10 title with a perfect 8-0 mark (23-0 overall). USC finished second (7-1), followed by Cal (6-2), UCLA (5-3), Arizona State (4-4), Arizona (3-5), Oregon (2-6), Washington State (1-7) and Washington (0-8).

The Huskies suffered a 6-1 defeat at the hands of cross-state rival Washington State in both teams' regular season finale. It was Washington's first loss against WSU since 1999. Sophomore Tara Simpson earned UW's only point, defeating Aleksandra Cekic in straight sets at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-3. The loss ended a tough dual season for the Huskies, who finished 3-17 overall and went winless in the Pac-10 (0-8).

One of the biggest factors in Washington's struggles this season has been its daunting schedule. In what was likely a rebuilding year from the start, the Huskies played one of their toughest schedules in the program's history, and surely one of the hardest in the nation. Ten of Washington's opponents were ranked in the top-25 when they met the Huskies - including top-ten squads Stanford, USC, California, and Northwestern - and 19 of UW's 20 opponents this season have been ranked.