No. 8 Huskies Sweep Weekend Matches Against VCU and South Alabama

March 22, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. -Washington's women's tennis team finished off its non-conference schedule with a pair of wins in Mobile, Alabama this weekend. The eighth-ranked Huskies (14-2, 1-0) defeated No. 45 South Alabama, 5-2, this afternoon after cruising to a 6-1 win Sunday over No. 44 Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday. Washington's six-match winning streak is its longest of the year.

In today's match, Washington took the lead when the sixth-ranked duo of Claire Carter and Dea Sumantri broke a 1-1 tie in doubles play with their 8-5 win over South Alabama's Palenikova and Perkins at No. 1 doubles. Dinka Hadzic and Erin Hoe also contributed to the doubles point win with their 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles.

In singles action, Carter and Sumantri continued to dominate. The 20th-ranked junior Sumantri improved to 14-1 in dual play this year with a straight-set win at No. 1 singles. Carter, ranked 22nd, followed up with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles to put UW ahead, 3-0. Freshman Saskia Nauenberg clinched the match at fifth singles with her 6-3, 6-4 win over Klara Jarova. 78th-ranked Erin Hoe gave the Huskies their fifth point at third singles and tied her for the overall team lead in singles wins with Nauenberg at 21.

On Sunday, the Huskies had no trouble against Virginia Commonwealth, taking the doubles point and five of six singles matches for the 6-1 victory. Carter and Sumantri highlighted doubles play once again by knocking off VCU's 25th-ranked combo of Borisova and Urickova, 9-7. In singles action, Dea Sumantri rebounded from her first dual loss of the year in the previous match by defeating No. 48 Olga Borisova 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Hoe split the first two sets with Cristina Arribas in the third slot before shutting out Arribas, 6-0, in the third set. Dinka Hadzic and Nauenberg finished off the Rams with straight-set wins at fourth and fifth singles, respectively. At No. 1 singles, the senior Carter took the first set 6-2 but lost the next two to 97th-ranked Silvia Urickova for VCU's only point of the match. VCU defaulted the No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles matches.

The doubles point wins Sunday and Monday was the first time UW won consecutive doubles points since the first two matches of the year against Portland and Idaho.

A pair of top-ten showdowns await the women next weekend. Friday, March 26, Washington gets another shot at top-ranked and undefeated Stanford at noon. Stanford beat the Huskies 5-0 in the semifinals of the National Team Indoors back in early February. The following day, March 27, No. 10 California travels to Seattle to face the Dawgs at noon. Both matches are at the Bill Quillian Stadium on the UW campus.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. South Alabama
March 22, 2004 - Bruce David Lubel Memorial Courts - Mobile, Ala.
No. 8 Washington 5, No. 45 South Alabama 2


1. (6) Carter/Sumantri (UW) def. Palenikova/Perkins (SA) 8-5
2. Hadzic/Hoe (UW) def. Jarova/Kurekova (SA) 8-3
3. Jager/Nemcovicova (SA) def. Nauenberg/Kolbovic (UW) 8-3

1. (20) Dea Sumantri (UW) def. Marlieke Jager (SA) 6-1, 6-3
2. (22) Claire Carter (UW) def. Catherine Perkins (SA) 6-2, 6-0
3. (78) Erin Hoe (UW) def. Dominika Nemcovicova (SA) 6-4, 7-6
4. Katarina Palenikova (SA) def. Dinka Hadzic (UW) 7-5, 6-4
5. Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Klara Jarova (SA) 6-3, 6-4
6. Ana Rupic (SA) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW) 7-6, 6-2

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Virginia Commonwealth
March 21, 2004 - Bruce David Lubel Memorial Courts - Mobile, Ala.
No. 8 Washington 6, No. 44 Virginia Commonwealth 1


1. (6) Carter/Sumantri (UW) def. (25) Borisova/Urickova (VCU) 9-7
2. Hadzic/Hoe (UW) def. Arribas/Gayo (VCU) 8-1
3. UW wins by default

1. (97) Silvia Urickova (VCU) def. (22) Claire Carter (UW) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
2. (20) Dea Sumantri (UW) def. (48) Olga Borisova (VCU) 6-3, 6-2
3. (78) Erin Hoe (UW) def. Cristina Arribas (VCU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-0
4. Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Cristina Gago (VCU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Camille Ripert (VCU) 6-3, 6-4
6. UW wins by default

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