Women's Tennis Wraps Homestand With BYU Saturday

Jan. 27, 2004

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On the heels of a 2-0 start to the season, the seventh-ranked Washington women's tennis team (2-0, 0-0 Pac-10) concludes its three-match homestand hosting No. 45 BYU, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The match is the first of a tennis doubleheader on Saturday, followed by the Husky men's match with BYU at 1:30 p.m.

The Huskies held onto their No. 7 rank in the latest ITA rankings released Tuesday. Washington has three singles players and one doubles duo ranked as well. Senior Claire Carter is ranked 35th in singles, while junior Dea Sumantri is ranked 49th. The pair is ranked No. 29 in doubles. Freshman Saskia Nauenberg also appears in the singles rankings at No. 90.

The Huskies made quick work of their first two opponents, shutting down both Portland and Idaho by scores of 7-0 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center last weekend. Washington did not lose a single set in both matches. The Husky lineup featured a mix a new and old faces. Claire Carter and Dea Sumantri played together in the No. 1 doubles spot, while both traded the top two singles slots in each match. Senior Erin Hoe and sophomore Dinka Hadzic occupied the No. 3 and No. 4 singles spots, while new faces at No. 5 and No. 6 were freshman Saskia Nauenberg and junior Mugette Ahn. Ahn played with Hoe and Nauenberg played with Hadzic in doubles. In her first collegiate dual, it was Nauenberg who clinched the win over Portland with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Alyson Tyson at No. 5 singles. Hadzic secured the clinching match versus Idaho, with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mariel Tinnierello at No. 4.

The BYU Cougars will first face the Cougars of Washington State, Friday, Jan. 30, in Lewiston, Idaho before making the trek to Western Washington. BYU, ranked 45th, is 2-0 with early season wins over Utah State (7-0) and Boise State (6-1). Barbora Zahnova is the lone Cougar that appears in the individual rankings and is the nation's No. 43 singles player. The all-time series between Washington and BYU is tied at 2-2. Last year, Washington earned a 5-0 victory over the Cougars.

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 will head to Madison, Wis., for the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Thursday, Feb. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 8.

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