UW Duo Advances to Quarterfinals of NCAA Women's Doubles

May 22, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - The Washington tandem of sophomore Claire Carter and junior Darija Klaic won back-to-back matches Wednesday, including an upset of the nation's sixth-ranked duo, to earn a berth in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championships at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center.

Ranked No. 23, Carter and Klaic opened the tournament Wednesday afternoon with a 7-6(3), 6-2 victory over No. 30 Ziva Grasic and Vladka Uhlirova of Texas. That sent them into a Sweet 16 encounter with No. 6 Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson of USC who had beaten them convincingly in both previous meetings this season.

The USC unit, which reached the second round with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 decision over No. 37 Carolina Maurer and Katia Illarionova of Auburn, captured the first set against the Huskies by a 6-4 tally. Carter and Klaic rallied to even the score with a 6-4 second-set win.

The Pac-10 rivals battled to a tiebreaker in the third set that the Huskies won by a 7-4 count to secure the 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) triumph. Carter and Klaic become the first doubles team in Husky history to reach the NCAA quarterfinals. Their first-round decision was just the second postseason doubles win by a UW pair, joining Katherine Costain and Kori Sosnowy who won a first-round match in 1996 before falling in the second round.

Carter and Klaic have a quarterfinal match-up with Stanford's top-seeded Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra. The Cardinal teammates eliminated Washington State's Stacy McKenna and Erica Perkins 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the first round and claimed a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 second-round decision over Simone Jardim and Kim Niggemeyer of Fresno State.

The NCAA Doubles Championships, which were originally scheduled to start Tuesday, began Wednesday due to heavy rains that postponed Monday's singles competition. The slate was altered, forcing the doubles competitors to play back-to-back matches Wednesday to get back on schedule.

Washington Coach Patty McCain said the revised schedule might have helped the Huskies.

'We were on a roll after playing great in the first match, so it was good for us to go out and play again as soon as possible,' she explained. 'It was incredible to win after dropping the first set to a team that we had lost to twice before.

'After the first set I told Darija and Claire to settle down and stay focused. We had a solid strategy and executed it well.'

Both Klaic and Carter competed with other partners in the 2001 NCAA doubles championships and both UW pairs were eliminated in the first round.

NCAA Women's Tennis - Doubles Championships
Taube Tennis Center; Stanford, Calif.
Wednesday, May 22, 2002

First Round
#23 Claire Carter/Darija Klaic (Washington) def. #30 Ziva Grasic/Vladka Uhlirova (Texas), 7-6(3), 6-2

Second Round
#23 Claire Carter/Darija Klaic (Washington) def. #6 Tiffany Brymer/Jewel Peterson (USC), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)

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