UW Women's Tennis Team is NCAA Bound

May 2, 2002

SEATTLE - The 23rd-ranked Washington women's tennis team earned its sixth straight postseason berth and will meet West Coast Conference champion Loyola-Marymount in the first round, the NCAA tennis committee announced Thursday.

The Huskies (13-10) and No. 59 Loyola (14-10) meet on Friday, May 10 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center in a first-round NCAA championship match hosted by UCLA. The fifth-ranked Bruins (16-4) meet Southern University (15-16) in the other half of the regional bracket. Winners of the first-round matches play on Saturday, May 11 for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA finals in Stanford, Calif., May 16-19.

Washington won all three previous meetings with Loyola. The Huskies are returning to Los Angeles where they suffered a hard-fought 4-3 loss at UCLA on April 13.

All nine Pacific-10 Conference schools that sponsor women's tennis received invitations to participate in the 64-team NCAA championships. Pac-10 winner Stanford is the defending national champion.

Last year, Washington won its first three NCAA Tournament matches, advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time. The Huskies have earned NCAA bids in each of Patty McCain's five seasons as their head coach.

The NCAA women's singles and doubles championships follow the team competition, beginning May 20 at Stanford. Washington junior Darija Klaic was not selected for the 64-player singles field, but she is the second alternate in case some individuals are unable to compete. The Husky doubles duo of Klaic and sophomore Claire Carter, who are ranked No. 23, earned a berth in the 32-team doubles field.

NCAA Tournament 1st & 2nd Round Schedule
Los Angeles Tennis Center; Los Angeles, Calif.

Friday, May 10
Match 1 - #23 Washington (13-10) vs. #59 Loyola-Marymount (14-10)
Match 2 - Southern University (15-16) at #5 UCLA (16-4)

Saturday, May 11
Match 3 -- Winner match 1 vs. Winner match 2

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