UW Women Compete in NCAA Tennis Regionals

May 7, 2002

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Los Angeles, Tennis Center; Los Angeles, Calif. (hosted by UCLA)

-- First round, #23 Washington vs. #59 Loyola Marymount; 10:00 a.m. PDT
-- First round, Southern University vs. #5 UCLA; 1:00 p.m. PDT

-- Second round, UW/LMU winner vs. Southern/UCLA winner; 3 p.m. PDT

MAY 16-19
-- Regional winner advances to 16-team NCAA Finals, Stanford, Calif.

The 23rd-ranked Washington women's tennis team (13-10) makes its sixth straight postseason appearance this weekend when they open NCAA championship play on Friday, May 10 against West Coast Conference champion Loyola Marymount (14-10). The first-round matchup between the Huskies and No. 59 Lions begins at 10 a.m. at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center. The fifth-ranked Bruins (16-4) meet Southern University (15-16) in the other half of the regional bracket. The two first-round winners square off on Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA finals, May 16-19 at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center. The Huskies have earned NCAA bids in each of Patty McCain's five seasons as their head coach. Last year, Washington hosted the regional matches and won its first NCAA championship contests. UW defeated Army, No. 31 Illinois and No. 5 Tennessee before falling to No. 4 Florida in the quarterfinals.

Individual Invitations
The NCAA women's singles and doubles championships follow the team competition, from May 20-25 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.

The Field
The Huskies enter the NCAA Championships ranked 23rd in the latest ITA collegiate tennis poll. Two other teams in Washington's four-team regional are ranked, UCLA at No. 5 and Loyola Marymount at No. 59. Washington has a 7-10 record this season against teams from the 64-team NCAA field, including six losses against teams seeded in the top 15. UW has a 3-0 all-time record against Loyola, including a 9-0 victory during 1999 in their last meeting. The Huskies have never played Southern University and have a 1-9 all-time record against UCLA. Washington lost a hard-fought 4-3 decision at UCLA on April 13 in their last visit to Los Angeles. Loyola features 98th-ranked singles competitor Edit Pakay while Washington counters with No. 54 Darija Klaic and No. 84 Claire Carter. Those two Huskies form the nation's 23rd-ranked doubles tandem. Southern does not have any players ranked in the ITA singles (top 125) or doubles (top 60) lists. UCLA boasts three ranked singles players in No. 3 Megan Bradley, No. 10 Sara Walker and No. 74 Petya Marinova. A pair of Bruin doubles duos are ranked; No. 4 Marinova/Walker and No. 5 Bradley/Lauren Fisher.

Projected Lineup
Washington Huskies (13-10, 1-7 in Pac-10)

Pos. Name (ITA Rank)  Hgt. Year Record
1. Claire Carter (#84) 5-7 So. 18-14
2. Darija Klaic (#54) 5-10 Jr. 13-11
3. Ilona Kordonskaya 5-8 Sr. 18-12
4. Dea Sumantri 5-6 Fr. 14-8
5. Colleen Gray 5-6 Jr. 19-12
6. Erin Hoe 5-4 So. 21-11
alt. Andrea Coulter 5-7 Jr. 17-13
alt. Kathy Chi 5-4 Jr. 3-5


Pos. Names (ITA Ranking)            Record
1 Claire Carter / Darija Klaic (#23) 17-13
2 Colleen Gray / Dea Sumantri 16-8
3 Erin Hoe / Ilona Kordonskaya 4-4

Ranking Report
Washington was 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.

Net Notes
The Huskies ended the regular season with six straight road matches which, combined with a slew of injuries, led to their current seven-match losing streak ... Senior Ilona Kordonskaya posted her 62nd career doubles victory on Apr. 12 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 currently has 66 career doubles wins, including an 17-14 record this season ... Sophomore Claire Carter registered a 32-9 singles record last season predominantly in the No. 2 position, breaking the school's single-season victory record of 31 established in 1998 by Kristina Kraszewski. She has an 18-14 singles mark this season, mostly in the No. 1 position ... Sophomore Erin Hoe amassed a school single-season record for doubles wins with a 25-11 mark as a freshman in 2001.

Stellar Staff
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.

Washington's NCAA Tournament History (3-5 all-time record):

Year Round    Opponent    UW Result Venue
1997 First Pepperdine L 1-5 San Diego, Calif.
1998 First USC L 4-5 Las Vegas, Nev.
1999 First North Carolina L 4-5 Oxford, Miss.
2000 First Georgia Tech L 3-5 Los Angeles, Calif.
2001 First Army W 4-0 Seattle, Wash.
Second Illinois W 4-0 Seattle, Wash.
Sweet 16 Tennessee W 4-3 Stone Mountain, Ga.
Elite 8 Florida L 0-4 Stone Mountain, Ga.

Pac-10 Pride
All nine Pac-10 schools that sponsor women's tennis were invited to compete in the NCAA championships. The Huskies are one of seven Pac-10 teams to rank among the top 25 nationally, including five of the nation's top-12 teams. Last season, seven Pac-10 members received NCAA Tournament berths and six of them advanced to the Sweet 16. UW reached the quarterfinals for the first time ever and Stanford captured its 11th NCAA women's tennis title in 2001.

A recap of the Huskies' results will be available at the end of each day's competition at: www.gohuskies.com Championship results will be updated throughout the day at: www.ncaachampionships.com and live stats are available at: www.uclabruins.com

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