Pac-10 Individual Championships Up Next For Husky Women's Tennis

April 22, 2003

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THIS WEEK: After completing the regular season on a five-match winning streak, sixth-ranked Washington women's tennis (17-3 overall, 6-2 Pac-10) will take a break from dual action as it heads to Southern California for the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., Thursday, April 24-Sunday, April 27. The four-day event is an individual tournament for both singles and doubles. Washington will be represented by four players in the singles main draw including junior Claire Carter, senior Darija Klaic, senior Erin Boisclair and sophomore Dea Sumantri. In the doubles main draw will be Carter and Klaic, along with Sumantri and senior Colleen Gray. Competing in the Pac-10 Invitational Singles Draw for the Huskies will be Gray, senior Kathy Chi, junior Erin Hoe, freshman Dinka Hadzic, freshman Stephanie Svanfeldt and senior Andrea Coulter. Three UW teams will also be participating in the invitational doubles draw (Boisclair/Hoe, Chi/Svanfeldt, Coulter/Hadzic).

PAC-10 DRAW: In the first round of main draw singles action on Thursday, Klaic is slated to face USC's Anita Loyola (8 a.m.), Boisclair will face Arizona State's Mhairi Brown (9:30 a.m.), Carter will face Arizona's Maja Mlakar (11 a.m.) and Sumantri will take on USC's Tiffany Brymer (12:30 p.m.). In the invitational singles draw, Chi will take on UCLA's Nina Yaftali (11 a.m.), Hoe will face WSU's Zorana Roganovic (8 a.m.), Svanfeldt will counter WSU's Zsofi Fodor (9:30 a.m.), Hadzic will face Oregon's Julie Merle (9:30 a.m.), Coulter will face Arizona's Kelly Perry (12:30 p.m.) and Gray will take on Cal's Brooke Borisoff (12:30 p.m.). Doubles play begins on Friday with two Washington and Arizona State teams going head-to-head in the first-round. Carter and Klaic will face Brown and Cindy Sureephong, while Gray and Sumantri will take on Lauren Colalillo and Adria Engel. Both matches will take place at 12:30 p.m. The tournament continues through the weekend culminating with finals for both singles and doubles on Sunday.

PAC-10 AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: The Pac-10 is arguably the toughest women's tennis conference in the nation, boasting four of the top six teams in the country and seven of the top-21 squads. Stanford is ranked No. 2 in the nation, followed by No. 4 Cal, No. 5 USC and No. 6 Washington. Individually, six of the top-10 ranked singles players hail from the Conference of Champions. UW's All-American pair of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic, ranked ninth, are one of three doubles teams also in the Top-10.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is ranked sixth in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings for the second-straight week, the highest-ever billing in school history. The Huskies have been in the Top-10 since March 26. Four UW singles players are ranked nationally, led by sophomore Dea Sumantri at No. 29. Junior All-American Claire Carter is close behind at No. 43, while senior Darija Klaic checks in at No. 63 and senior Erin Boisclair is No. 99. The All-American pair of Carter and Klaic is the nation's ninth-ranked doubles team.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies wrapped up their regular season slate and a five-match homestand with a 7-0 trouncing of Washington State. Washington won all three matches and swept all six singles contests in straight sets.

HUSKY NET NOTES: Senior Darija Klaic has established a new UW career record for doubles wins...she currently has 80, surpassing the previous record of 74 set by Peggy Wu (1997-00)...Klaic's doubles partner, Claire Carter, is also moving up that same list and ranks third all-time with 63 career doubles wins...Carter is sixth on the career singles list with 66 a doubles pair, Klaic and Carter are tied for fifth on the single-season victories list with 22...sophomore Dea Sumantri, who has moved into the No. 1 singles spot in the last three matches, has 27 singles wins, good for fifth-place on the UW season list...Carter holds the record with 32 wins during the 2000-01 season...senior Erin Boisclair has a shining 19-1 dual record...Boisclair is 24-6 overall and is tied for seventh on the single-season wins list.

UP NEXT: The 2003 NCAA Division I Women's and Men's Tennis selection announcements will take place on Wednesday, April 30 on ESPNews. The women's announcement will take place at 1:30 p.m. PT, with the men's to follow at 1:45 p.m. PT. NCAA Regionals will be held Sat.-Sun., May 10-11, a precursor to the NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Fla., held Thur., May 15-Sun., May 25.

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