Husky Women Host Miami, Oregon This Weekend

March 13, 2003

THIS WEEK: No. 21 Washington women's tennis (8-1) returns home for the first time since late January, as the Huskies host No. 22 Miami and No. 35 Oregon at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center this weekend. UW will battle Miami, Friday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m., before their first Pac-10 contest vs. the Ducks, Saturday, March 15, at 12 p.m. It will be the second meeting of the season between Northwest rivals Washington and Oregon, but the first to count in Pac-10 standings. UW has won six straight matches.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is ranked 21st for the second-straight week according to the latest ITA team rankings released Wednesday. The Huskies' highest ranking this season was No. 15. The Huskies also have three players ranked in singles, led by junior Claire Carter at No. 36. Sophomore Dea Sumantri enters the weekend ranked No. 87, while senior Darija Klaic is No. 95. Carter and Klaic, are ranked No. 9 in doubles. The pair began the year ranked No. 3.

THE OPPONENTS: No. 22 Miami (9-2) is riding a five-match winning streak heading into Friday's contest. The Hurricanes defeated Boston University 6-1 on Tuesday. Melissa Applebaum is ranked No. 77, while Mari Toro is No. 104 in singles. In doubles, Applebaum and Sara Robbins are ranked No. 46. No. 35 Oregon (9-7, 2-6) comes to Seattle having lost four-straight matches, all against Top-10 opponents. Last weekend, the Ducks lost a pair of matches to UCLA (5-2) and USC (5-2). Oregon will play its remaining dual matches on the road. Freshman Daria Panova leads the Ducks with a No. 18 singles ranking while sophomore Courtney Nagle is No. 40. Panova and Nagle rank No. 28 in doubles. Washington looks for the series sweep over the Ducks after winning the previous meeting in Eugene, Feb. 22, 6-1.

HUSKY NET NOTES: Following an outstanding freshmen debut last season, Dea Sumantri has already turned in a stellar sophomore campaign this year...Sumantri has yet to lose a match in dual competition, either singles or doubles...she is 8-0 in singles, including a 5-0 mark at No. 3 and a 3-0 record at No. 2...Sumantri has teamed with senior Colleen Gray to tally an unblemished dual doubles record of 9-0 at the No. 2 position...Also a shining star for the Huskies is senior Erin Boisclair who is the team leader in dual singles wins with a 9-0 record...Boisclair is 5-0 at the No. 4 singles position...Freshman Dinka Hadzic has yet to lose a collegiate dual match with a 5-0 record (3-0 at No. 5 and 2-0 at No. 6).

LAST TIME OUT: The Husky women extended their win-streak to six with victories over No. 29 San Diego State (6-1) and San Diego (5-2).

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 begin a four-match road trip, beginning with Sacramento State, Sunday, March 23, at 12 p.m.

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