Carter and Klaic Lead Husky Women's Tennis To No. 21 Team Ranking

Jan. 13, 2003

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Washington's Claire Carter and Darija Klaic have been tabbed the third-ranked doubles team in the nation, leading Husky women's tennis to a No. 21 team ranking according to the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Monday.

Only doubles teams from Tulane (Julie Smekodub/Jenny Kuhn) and Vanderbilt (Aleke Tsoubanos/Sarah Riske) are ranked higher than the Husky duo going into the 2003 season. Carter and Klaic are also ranked in singles, with Klaic at No. 42 and Carter at No. 80.

Carter and Klaic, a team that earned All-America honors last year, capped off a successful 2002 fall season by advancing to the doubles final of the National Indoor Championships in November after reaching the doubles final of the ITA Northwest Regional in October.

All nine Pac-10 schools that sponsor women's tennis are ranked in the top-34 nationally. Two-time defending champion Stanford is ranked No. 1, followed by No. 6 Arizona State, No. 7 UCLA, No. 9 USC, No. 10 Cal, No. 20 Arizona, No. 21 Washington, No. 33 Washington State and No. 34 Oregon.

That conference talent will be showcased when Washington hosts the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Tennis Indoor Championships, Friday, Jan. 17, through Sunday, Jan. 19.

Action at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center gets underway each day starting at 9 a.m. PT. Friday will be the start of singles competition, while Saturday features both singles and doubles. The three-day tournament will wrap up Sunday with singles and doubles finals. The tournament draw will be held Wednesday.

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