Husky Women's Tennis Climbs To No. 15 In National Ranking; Heads To Minnesota Court Classic

Jan. 29, 2003

Coming off a sweep of Portland and then-No. 12 Northwestern, 15th-ranked Washington women's tennis (2-0) travels to Minneapolis for a pair of dual matches at the Minnesota Court Classic this weekend. The Huskies will meet No. 39 Harvard in the first semifinal match at 9 a.m. PT, Saturday, Feb. 1, while No. 71 Minnesota will face No. 75 Marshall at 1 p.m. PT. The championship and third-place matches will be held Sunday, Feb. 2. Pending its outcome vs. Harvard, UW will either face Marshall at 7 a.m. PT or Minnesota at 11 a.m. PT. All matches will be held at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

Thanks to their 4-3 upset over No. 12 Northwestern last Saturday, UW jumped from No. 21 to No. 15 in this week's national rankings. The All-America pair of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic remain 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.

Minnesota (0-0) is making its season debut this weekend. The Golden Gophers return six letterwinners from last year, including two-time All-Big- Ten honoree Valerie Vladea and senior captain Michaela Havelkova. Harvard (1-0) opened its spring season with a dominating 7-0 win over South Florida, Jan. 28. One singles player is ranked in the top-20, that being No. 19 Courtney Bergman. Marshall (2-3) already has five duals under its belt, losing the most recent to 14th-ranked Kentucky 7-0 on Jan. 25. It was Marshall's second consecutive loss to a nationally ranked opponent.

The Huskies lead the all-time series with Harvard, 2-0, yet have never defeated Minnesota, trailing that all-time series 0-3. Should Washington face Marshall, it would be the first-ever meeting between these two teams on the tennis court.

The Husky women swept back-to-back matches in their dual season openers at home last weekend. UW dominated Portland, en route to a 7-0 victory, Friday, Jan. 24, before a 4-3 upset of No. 12 Northwestern, Saturday, Jan. 25. Junior Claire Carter and senior Darija Klaic won both of their doubles matches, as did the UW duo of senior Colleen Gray and sophomore Dea Sumantri. Winning both their singles matches were Sumantri, and senior Erin Boisclair. The Huskies went with two different lineups in each dual.

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.

Should they qualify, the Huskies will compete in the National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisc., Thursday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, Feb. 9.

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