The 21st-ranked Washington Women's Tennis Team Travels to Eugene to Take On Oregon and Pacific

March 28, 2001

SEATTLE - THIS WEEK: The Washington women's tennis team will continue its five-game road trip as they head to Eugene, Oreg. to face off against Oregon (3-11) on Mar. 30 at 1:30 p.m. and then take on Pacific (3-10) on Mar. 31 at 3:30 p.m. Matches will be held at the new Student Tennis Center located on the University of Oregon campus.

SCOUTING THE DUCKS: Oregon is coming off of their ninth-straight loss after dropping a close one to No. 57 San Diego, 3-4, on Mar. 27. Washington downed Oregon, 6-1, in their first meeting of the season to post a 46-1 all time series record. The Huskies will be facing anexperienced Oregon team, a squad which consists of two freshmen, two sophomores, and four juniors. The Ducks are lead by sophomore Monika Giecczys and junior Adeline Arnaud, both of whom have won five out of their last seven matches.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS: Pacific will be looking to even the score with the Huskies after falling, 9-0, in their last season match. Washington holds a 10-9 overall advantage over Pacific. The Tigers feature an experienced team, which consists of one freshman, two sophomores, four juniors and a lone senior. Junior Susanne Bertel, the reigning Big West Player of the Year, leads her squad with a 5-8 overall record. Bertel finished the season with a record of 11-8, posting an overall record of 31-13 in her two-year career.

COMING UP NEXT: The Huskies will return home for a two-game homestand as they play host to No. 43 Arizona on Apr. 6 before taking on No. 13 Arizona State on Apr. 7. Matches are scheduled to start at noon. Admission is free to both matches, at Bill Quillian Stadium, which is located on the UW campus directly north of Bank of American Arena at Edmundson Pavilion.

LAST WEEK: The Huskies (12-6, 3-1 in Pac-10) rapped up their three-game road trip in sunny California with a 2-5 loss to No. 21 Pepperdine on Mar. 23. Washington went 2-1 on the trip as they edged past No. 57 San Diego, 4-3, on Mar. 20 before topping off No. 32 San Diego State, 4-3, on Mar. 21.

IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is currently ranked 21st in the latest Collegiate Tennis Rankings. The Huskies feature three singles players in the rankings along with two doubles teams. Senior Kristina Kraszewski slipped to No. 9 in the latest poll. She was previously ranked seventh. Freshman Claire Carter continues to hold a spot in the top 30 as the tall righty moves down to No. 26, while sophomore Darija Klaic dropped down to No. 72. The duo of Klaic and Kraszewski rose to the No. 10 spot in the latest rankings, while Carter and junior IlonaKordonskaya made their debut at No. 30.

LAST YEAR WITH WASHINGTON: Under the mentorship of fourth-year head coach Patty McCain, the 1999-2000 Washington womens tennis team posted the highest ranking team in the programs history and advanced to the NCAA West Regional Tournament for the fourth-straight year. By the end of the season, the squad had achieved a ranking of No. 30 in the nation and a 12-10 overall record.

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