No. 20 Women's Tennis Faces BYU, Washington State In The Palouse This Weekend

Feb. 28, 2003

THIS WEEK: No. 20 Washington women's tennis (4-1) continues its tour of the Northwest, heading to the Palouse to play a pair of matches hosted by Washington State at the LCSC Tennis Center in Lewiston, Idaho this weekend. The Huskies face No. 49 Brigham Young, Saturday, March 1 at 5 p.m., followed by a match with the 42nd-ranked Cougars, Sunday, March 2, at 12 p.m.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is ranked No. 20 in the latest ITA team rankings released Wednesday. The Huskies also have two players ranked in singles, led by sophomore Dea Sumantri at No. 39. Junior Claire Carter also checks in at No. 63. Carter and doubles partner, senior Darija Klaic, are the nation's eighth-ranked doubles team, dropping from their previous rank of No. 3.

THE OPPONENTS: The Huskies' first opponent will be No. 49 BYU on Saturday. The Cougars from Utah are coming off a 4-3 win over No. 33 Wisconsin at home last weekend. Washington State, which defeated BYU 4-3 Friday, brings a 6-2 overall record to the court. The Cougars fell to No. 39 Oregon on Feb. 23 but won their five previous matches. Washington State is led by junior Lorena Arias and the doubles team of Arias and Chris Martinez.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. OPPONENTS: Washington leads the all-time series with Washington State 36-6 and won both matches last year, 4-3 in Seattle, Feb. 2, and 4-2, March 9 in Pullman. But the Huskies trail the series with BYU 1-2. Last season, Washington was upset in Provo 4-3 on March 2. BYU was ranked No. 52 at the time and defeated the 12th-ranked Huskies.

LAST TIME OUT: The Husky women dominated Oregon with a 6-1 win in Eugene on Feb. 22. Washington won the doubles point sweeping those three matches and won five of the six singles matches to run away with the victory. The only Husky to suffer defeat was junior Claire Carter, who fell to 28th-ranked Daria Panova at No. 2 singles in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. It was senior Darija Klaic's three-set win (0-6, 7-5, 6-1) over Courtney Nagle at No. 2 singles that clinched the match for the Huskies

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.

UP NEXT: The Huskies head to Southern California next weekend for a pair of matches vs. San Diego State (March 7 at 2 p.m.) and the University of San Diego (March 8 at 12 p.m.).

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