19th-Ranked UW Women's Tennis Team Closes Out Regular Season
April 17, 2002
SATURDAY, APRIL 20 -
#19 Washington at #44 Oregon, 12 noon PST
Student Tennis Center, Eugene, Ore.
The 19th-ranked Washington women's tennis team (13-9, 1-6) seeks to conclude its regular-season schedule on a high note. The Huskies hope to halt a six-match losing streak when they meet No. 44 Oregon on Saturday, Apr. 20 at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene. Washington boasts a 47-1 lead in the all-time series with the Ducks, including a pair of 6-1 triumphs last season. Saturday marks the fifth straight road outing for Washington which begins postseason play next week at the Pac-10 individual championships in Ojai, Calif. The Huskies reached the 13-win plateau faster than any time since 1978 before a spate of injuries led to setbacks in their last six outings, all to ranked Pac-10 opponents.
Washington is ranked 19th in the April 17 national computer rankings produced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Huskies feature two singles players in the rankings, junior Darija Klaic who is listed No. 55 in the most recent ratings and sophomore Claire Carter who is No. 70. The Huskies also have a presence in the doubles rankings as their No. 1 duo of Carter and Klaic is ranked 31st.
Senior Ilona Kordonskaya posted her 62nd career doubles victory Friday at USC to move into the No. 3 spot among all-time Huskies. Peggy Wu (1997-2000) is the school's all-time leader with 74 doubles wins and Kristina Kraszewski (1998-2001) is second with 73. Kordonskaya has a 13-13 doubles record this season ... Junior Colleen Gray was the only Husky to win both singles matches last weekend in Los Angeles, winning twice in the No. 4 position. Gray has a 17-11 record in singles and 18-11 in doubles this season ... Sophomore Claire Carter registered a 32-9 singles record last season, breaking the school's single-season victory record of 31 established in 1998 by Kristina Kraszewski. She has a 17-12 singles mark this season ... Sophomore Erin Hoe amassed a school single-season record for doubles wins with a 25-11 mark in 2001.
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 Debbie 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.
The Huskies start what they hope will be another successful post-season run, beginning next week at the Pac-10 Championships. The conference individual competition is scheduled for Apr. 25-28 in Ojai, Calif. Washington appears to be in position to earn an invitation to the 64-team field for the NCAA championships that begin May 10. In 2001, UW won its regional and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time.
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