No. 21 Women's Tennis Opens Dual Season Hosting Portland, No. 12 Northwestern This Weekend

Jan. 22, 2003

Washington women's tennis (0-0) kicks off the 2003 dual season this weekend at home. The 21st-ranked Huskies host Portland, Fri., Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center. UW will then welcome No. 12 Northwestern to Seattle, Sat., Jan. 25. at 11 a.m. On Sunday, Portland and Northwestern will face-off at 10 a.m., also at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Portland (1-0) is coming off a 5-2 win over rival Portland State in its 2003 season opener Wednesday afternoon. The Pilots won all but two matches in each of the six singles and three doubles contests (they did forfeit one match due to an injury). Portland returns six letterwinners from last year's squad that finished with a 7-17 record and a fourth-place finish in the West Coast Conference (3-5). Northwestern (1-1), ranked 12th in the nation, already has two dual matches under its belt. The defending Big Ten champions swept DePaul 7-0 in their season opener, Jan. 15, before falling to No. 4 Duke, 5-2, Jan. 18.

Washington holds a 12-0 record all-time against Portland, including last year's 7-0 win in Seattle on Feb. 22. But in stark contrast, the Huskies have never defeated Northwestern, trailing the all-time series with the Wildcats 0-3.

The Husky women got the 2003 spring season underway last weekend, hosting the Pac-10 Indoor Championships. Sophomore Dea Sumantri won Flight II singles, upsetting No. 1 seeded Catherine Lynch from Cal 7-6 (2), 6-2, in the final. Washington also had two runners-up in their respective flights. Junior Erin Hoe fell to Cal's Nicole Havlicek in the Flight III final, and the All-America duo of junior Claire Carter and senior Darija Klaic, the top-seeded team, lost to third-seeded Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson from USC in the Flight I doubles final, 8-6. Other winners included Oregon's Daria Panova (Flight I singles), Cal's Brooke Borisoff (Flight IV singles), UCLA's Shilpa Joshi-Anya Loncaric (Flight II doubles), Cal's Racquel Kops-Jones (Consolation Flight I singles), Stanford's Story Tweedie-Yates (Consolation Flight II singles) and Cal's Jody Scheldt (Consolation Flight II singles)

As a team, the Huskies are ranked 21st in the nation. The All-America pair of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic are the nation's third-ranked doubles team, while both are also ranked in singles. Klaic checks in at No. 42 and Carter at No. 80.

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 will travel to Minneapolis to compete in the Minnesota Invitational, Saturday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 2.

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