Women's Tennis Hosts Pac-10 Indoor Championships Friday-Sunday

Jan. 14, 2004

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The seventh-ranked Washington women's tennis team opens the 2004 season hosting the 12th annual Pac-10 Indoor Championships at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center on the UW campus, Friday, Jan. 16, through, Sunday, Jan. 18. Competition each day begins at 9 a.m. PT. The Huskies welcome some of the nation's top teams to Seattle this weekend. The Pac-10 is the nation's premier tennis conference as its members won 14 of 22 national team titles since the NCAA began sponsoring women's tennis in 1982. Stanford has won the NCAA title twice in the last three years and 12 times overall. Six Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 of the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA advanced to the quarterfinals, with Stanford and Cal advancing to face each other in the semifinals. Stanford advanced to the final with a 4-1 win over its Bay Area rival but then fell in the championship to Florida, 4-3.

This weekend's individual tournament will feature four singles flights, three consolation singles flights and two doubles flights. Each day of action gets underway at 9 a.m. Tournament draws will be posted on the Husky website (www.gohuskies.com) on Thursday evening.

All nine Pac-10 teams that sponsor women's tennis (Oregon State does not) are represented in this event and all nine are ranked among the Top-51 teams in the nation. In fact,five teams are ranked in the Top-11, including No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Cal, No. 6 USC, No. 7 Washington and No. 11 UCLA. Completing the Pac-10 field is No. 19 Arizona State, No. 26 Arizona, No. 40 Oregon and No. 51 Washington State.

The Pac-10 boasts some of the top individual talent in the nation as well, many of whom will be competing this weekend at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Three Pac-10 players are ranked in the Top-10 in singles, led by No. 2 Raquel Kops-Jones from Cal. Also in the Top-10 are Stanford's Erin Burdette (No. 7) and Oregon's Daria Panova (No. 8). Additional top singles players include No. 17 Jackie Carleton (UCLA), No. 18 Sasha Podkolzina (Cal), No. 20 Lauren Barnikow (Stanford), No. 21 Alice Barnes (Stanford), No. 24 Luana Magnani (USC), No. 28 Dianne Hollands (Arizona), and No. 35 Claire Carter (Washington). The doubles pair to beat this weekend will be the third-ranked duo of Jackie Carleton and Lauren Fisher of UCLA. Additional Top-30 doubles teams include No. 6 Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette (Stanford), No. 7 Raquel Kops-Jones and Sasha Podkolzina (California), No. 17 Emilia Anderson and Anne Yelsey (Stanford), No. 18 Courtney Nagle and Daria Panova from Oregon, No. 19 Maja Mlakar and Dianne Hollands (Arizona), No. 25 Theresa Logar and Story Tweedie-Yate (Stanford) and No. 29 Claire Carter and Dea Sumantri (Washington).

Results can be accessed at the Huskies' official website at www.gohuskies.com, with updates posted periodically during the tournament.

2003 RECAP:
The Huskies earned their seventh-straight postseason berth and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in three years. UW was selected to host the regional and earned its trip to the team finals with 4-0 wins over Southern and Illinois. Washington fell to UCLA, 4-3, in the Round of 16. The Huskies finished the year with an overall record of 19-4 and a 6-2 Pac-10 mark. Their No. 6 final season ranking was its highest final rank in school history. Three Huskies earned All-America certificates with sophomore Dea Sumantri earning singles honors, while senior Darija Klaic and junior Claire Carter doing so in doubles. Carter became Washington's second three-time All-American with the honor. Patty McCain was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second time in her career, while Sumantri earned All-Pac-10 second-team honors and Carter was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick.

The Huskies open the dual season hosting a pair of matches, Friday, January 23 with Portland (1:30 p.m.) and Sunday, January 25 with Idaho (12 p.m.). Both matches will be played at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

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