Husky Women's Tennis Hosts Pac-10 Indoor Championships

Jan. 15, 2003

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Washington women's tennis opens the 2003 season, hosting the 11th Annual Pac-10 Indoor Championships at the Lloyd Nordstrom Center on the UW campus, Friday, Jan. 17, through Sunday, Jan. 19. Competition each day begins at 9 a.m. PT. The 21st-ranked Huskies will welcome some of the nation's top teams to Seattle this weekend. The Pac-10 is the nation's premier conference as its members won 14 of 21 national team titles since the NCAA began sponsoring women's tennis in 1982. Stanford won its second-straight national title last year and 12th overall. Five Pac-10 teams advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. UCLA made it as far as the quarterfinals, while Stanford, came away with the NCAA crown.

This weekend's tournament will feature four singles flights, including three consolation singles flights, and two doubles flights. Friday will be singles competition only, followed by both singles and doubles on Saturday and the championship matches on Sunday. Each day of action gets underway at 9 a.m. PT.

All nine Pac-10 teams that sponsor women's tennis (Oregon State does not) are represented in this event and all nine are ranked among the Top-34 teams in the nation. In fact, five teams are ranked in the Top-10. Two-time defending national champion Stanford leads the way with a No. 1 ranking, while No. 6 Arizona State, No. 7 UCLA, No. 9 USC and No. 10 Cal round out the nation's Top-10. Completing the Pac-10 field is No. 20 Arizona, No. 21 Washington, No. 33 Washington State and No. 34 Oregon.

Prominent individuals expected to compete include third-ranked Jewel Peterson from USC, who advanced as far as the singles quarterfinals of last year's NCAA Tournament. Also ranked in the Top-10 in singles is UCLA's Sara Walker (6). Four Stanford players are ranked in the Top-30 including Alice Barnes (13), Amber Liu (17), Lauren Barnikow (25) and Erin Burdette (30). Additional top singles players include No. 12 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal), No. 21 Adria Engel (Arizona State), No. 28 Daria Panova (Oregon) and No. 31 Maja Mlakar (Arizona). The team to beat in the doubles competition will be Washington's All-American duo of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic, currently ranked third nationally. Looking to challenge the Husky pair will be the fourth-ranked team from Cal, Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano. Additional Pac-10 doubles teams with Top-25 rankings are No. 9 Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson (USC), No. 20 Adria Engel and Dora Krstulovic (Arizona State) and No. 25 Debbie Larocque and Maja Mlakar (Arizona).

2002 RECAP:
Last year the Huskies compiled an overall record of 14-11, including a 1-7 mark in Pac-10 dual matches. Washington defeated Loyola Marymount 4-0 in its first round NCAA Tournament match, but fell in the second round to UCLA, 4-1. Claire Carter and Darija Klaic advanced farther than any other Husky doubles pair in UW history, reaching the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to the eventual national champion team from Stanford 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-2. The Husky pair earned All-America honors for their efforts.

The Huskies open their dual season hosting Portland, Friday, Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a match with Northwestern, Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. Both matches will be held at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center.

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