Women's Tennis Returns Home, Hosts Three Straight Duals Friday-Sunday

March 3, 2004

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Having split both matches played on the road last weekend, the eighth-ranked Washington women's tennis team (8-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) returns home to host three-straight dual matches. The Huskies begin by entertaining No. 67 San Diego (3-3), Friday, March 5, at 3 p.m., followed by a match with No. 47 San Diego State (3-4), Saturday, March 6, also at 3 p.m. UW closes out the weekend hosting cross-state rival No. 59 Washington State (2-5), Sunday, March 7, at noon. Sunday's match with the Cougars will not count toward conference standings. WSU will also face San Diego State, Friday at 11 a.m., and San Diego, Saturday at 11 a.m. Pending the weather, matches will be held at either the Nordstrom Tennis Center or on the Quillian Courts.

The Huskies made a drop in the latest ITA national rankings released Tuesday, falling from its highest ranking in school history (fourth) to eighth. UW opened the season ranked No. 7. Washington has two singles players and one doubles duo ranked as well. Senior Claire Carter and junior Dea Sumantri both moved up into the Top-25 in singles, with Sumantri at No. 23 and Carter at No. 25. As a doubles duo, the pair ranks 19th.

Dea Sumantri is the only Husky still undefeated in dual play with a 9-0 record...she is 4-0 at No. 1 singles and 5-0 at No. 2...Sumantri has an overall record of 13-4...Dinka Hadzic, Erin Hoe and Saskia Nauenberg share the team lead in singles wins with 15...Hoe and Nauenberg have identical 8-2 dual records...Claire Carter and Sumantri are UW's top doubles pair with a 14-7 overall record, 6-4 in dual play...the Huskies have won the doubles point in four of 10 matches...before last weekend's loss to No. 10 Northwestern, UW's only loss this year came to now-No. 1 Stanford.

San Diego State is the highest ranked team coming to Seattle with a No. 47 billing. The Aztecs have one doubles team ranked, Katalina Romero and Indra Erichsen, at No. 13. The 67th-ranked San Diego Toreros have two singles players with national rankings, including No. 42 Emma Murphy and No. 90 Lauren Perl. The 59th-ranked Cougars do not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.

The Huskies split a pair of matches played against two Top-20 teams in the state of Illinois. UW opened the trip with a 5-2 win over No. 18 Illinois. UW pulled big upsets at No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles. No. 19 Carter and Sumantri knocked off the seventh-ranked doubles team of Jennifer McGaffigan and Cynthia Goulet, 8-3. Sumantri, ranked 23rd, also upset No. 14 McGaffigan at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-1. UW then suffered just its second loss of the year to No. 10 Northwestern, 4-3. The Huskies were swept in doubles play, and only picked up singles wins from Sumantri, Hoe and Nauenberg. Carter fell to the No. 3 ranked singles player, Cristelle Grier, at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-4.

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 play their first Pac-10 dual but against an opponent they have already seen this year, Oregon. UW will face the Ducks in Eugene, Friday, March 12 at noon. This season's earlier 5-2 Husky win in Seattle did not count toward Pac-10 standings.

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