Huskies Host Pac-10 Indoor Women's Tennis Championships

Jan. 15, 2002

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Pac-10 Indoor Women's Tennis ChampionshipsNordstrom Tennis Center, Seattle, Wash.

Singles & Doubles Competition, 9:00 a.m.

Singles & Doubles Competition, 9:00 a.m.

Championship Matches, 9:00 a.m.

The 12th-ranked Washington women's tennis team competes against several of the top teams in the nation this weekend, hosting the 10th-annual Pac-10 Indoor Women's Tennis Championships. The conference event will be held at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on the Washington campus. The three-day tournament begins Friday, Jan. 18 and concludes on Sunday, Jan. 20. Competition begins each day at 9 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children and seniors. University of Washington students are admitted free with their current student card. The Pac-10 is the nation's premier conference as its members won 13 of 20 national team titles since the NCAA began sponsoring women's tennis in 1982. Stanford won its 11th crown last year. Six Pac-10 squads advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2001 NCAA Tournament, including the Huskies who reached the quarterfinals for the first time.

All nine Pac-10 teams that sponsor women's tennis (Oregon State does not) are represented in the event, which features four singles brackets and three doubles flights. The top three singles flights will include a consolation bracket. Headlining the field is top-ranked Stanford, the 2001 NCAA champion. Two other top-10 teams will compete, USC (7) and Arizona State (8), along with Washington (12), California (13) and UCLA (16).

Prominent individuals expected to compete include fourth-ranked Lauren Kalvaria of the Stanford, the NCAA singles runner-up last spring. Kalvaria lost to teammate Laura Granville in the 2001 outdoor finals. Other ranked individuals expected to compete in singles are No. 6 Sara Walker (UCLA), No. 7 Megan Bradley (UCLA), No. 10 Erin Burdette (Stanford), No. 11 Gabriela Lastra (Stanford), No. 13 Jewel Peterson (USC), and No. 17 Adria Engel (Arizona State). Washington features 35th-ranked Darija Klaic and No. 39 Claire Carter. Returning to defend ther titles are Flight II winner Christina Fusano of California and Stacey McKenna of Washington State, the Flight IV champion. Highly ranked doubles teams expected to compete include No. 1 Lauren Kalvaria/Gabriela Lastra (Stanford), No. 6 Lauren Barnikow/Erin Burdette (Stanford), No. 8 Petya Marinova/Sara Walker (UCLA) and No. 10 Tiffany Brymer/Jewel Peterson (USC).

Six of the top-20 teams from the ITA national rankings will compete in Seattle at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships, including top-ranked and defending national champion Stanford ... Two Pac-10 Indoor Flight I singles winners went on to win NCAA titles the same year, Stanford's Laura Granville (2001) and UCLA's Keri Phebus (1995) ... Washington finished 11th in the final 2001 national rankings, the highest finish in school history. The Huskies advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals ... Washington sophomore Claire Carter posted a 32-9 singles record last season, breaking the school's single-season victory record of 31 established in 1998 by Kristina Kraszewski ... Husky sophomore Erin Hoe amassed a school single-season record for doubles wins with a 25-11 mark in 2001. The previous record of 23 doubles triumphs was set by Lisa Strang in 1980 ... Washington's Patty McCain was the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and Jill Hultquist shared national Assistant Coach of the Year honors.

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