UW Women's Tennis Teams Begins 2001-02 Campaign

Oct. 5, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The Washington women's tennis team begins the 2001-02 season this weekend at the annual Riviera All-American Championships at the Riviera Tennis Club.

The Huskies are sending a seven-player contingent to Los Angeles, including seven singles competitors and three doubles teams.

The All-American Championships are the premier hard court event of the fall collegiate season, featuring the top players in NCAA Division I tennis.

Washington sophomore Claire Carter, who is ranked 20th nationally, is entered in the singles main draw that begins Oct. 11. The main draw is preceded by two sets of qualifying tournaments.

The 64-player, 32-doubles team pre-qualifying tournament is Oct. 6-7 at UCLA. Four players and four doubles teams will advance from pre-qualifying into the 64-player, 32-doubles team brackets for the qualifying tournament scheduled for Oct. 9-10 at Riviera. Eight players and four doubles teams will advance from the qualifying into the main draw.

Five Huskies and one UW doubles team will compete in the pre-qualifying at UCLA. Their first-round matchups are listed below:

Singles First-Round Schedule

Erin Hoe, Washington vs. Danira Penic, Temple
(4) Colleen Gray, Washington vs. Kat Lutgert, Colorado
Andrea Coulter, Washington vs. Veronica Koksova, Pepperdine
Ilona Kordonskaya, Washington vs. (5) Mira Radu, Mississippi
Erin Boisclair, Washington vs. TBA

Doubles First-Round Schedule
Gray/Hoe, Washington Bye

Two Husky doubles teams and junior Darija Klaic are slated to compete in the qualifying competition. Klaic is ranked 64th.

The Washington doubles tandem of Klaic and Carter are ranked 17th nationally while the duo of Kordonskaya and Boisclair are No. 41.

The Huskies are coming off their finest season ever after advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament and finishing with a No. 11 ranking. Only one player has departed from that team, No. 1 singles player Kristina Kraszewski who was a senior last season.

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