UW Women Begin Five Match Tennis Homestand
March 20, 2002
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 --
#14 Washington vs. Montana State, 12 noon PST
SUNDAY, MARCH 24 - -
#14 Washington vs. #59 Sacramento State, 12 noon PST
Both matches at Quillian Stadium (capacity 900), Seattle, Wash.
The 14th-ranked Washington women's tennis team (11-3) begins a five-match homestand this weekend in their first outdoor home action of the season. The Huskies host Montana State on Saturday, March 23 before entertaining 59th-ranked Sacramento State on Sunday, March 24. Both matches begin at noon in Quillian Stadium directly north of Bank of America Arena. If inclement weather arises, the matches will be moved indoors to the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Washington reeled off six straight victories before losing back-to-back matches to No. 52 Brigham Young (Mar. 2) and No. 16 Fresno State (Mar. 8). The Huskies responded with a 4-2 triumph at Washington State on Mar. 9 in their last outing.
Washington is ranked 14th in the latest national computer rankings produced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Huskies feature two singles players in the rankings, sophomore Claire Carter who is listed No. 41 in the March 20 poll and junior Darija Klaic who is No. 58. The Huskies also have a presence in the doubles rankings as their No. 1 duo of Carter and Klaic is ranked 39th and the No. 2 tandem of Colleen Gray and Dea Sumantri is 59th.
o Claire Carter won her last 7 singles matches, a streak that began Feb. 22
o Ilona Kordonskaya won her last 7 singles matches, a streak that began Feb. 22.
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 boasts a pair of highly acclaimed coaches who teamed for six years as a successful doubles duo on the professional circuit. Patty McCain was the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and Jill Hultquist shared the 2001 ITA national Assistant Coach the Year award with Georgia's Debie Beck. Those two led UW to its finest season ever in 2001 with a 21-8 record, No. 11 final ranking and its first NCAA Quarterfinal berth. McCain won the 1986 and 1987 NCAA singles titles at Stanford, including a then-record 57-match winning streak. Hultquist was a four-time All-American at Florida. McCain (formerly Fendick) and Hultquist (formerly Hetherington) teamed to win several professional doubles championships and reached the finals of the 1988 U.S. Open and 1989 Australian Open.