Women's Tennis Finishes Regular Season At Washington State Friday

April 14, 2004

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- THIS WEEK:
Looking to snap a brief two-match losing streak, the eighth-ranked Washington women's tennis team (17-5, 4-3 Pac-10) culminates the regular season in Pullman when the Huskies face the No. 66 Cougars (5-14, 1-6 Pac-10), Friday, April 16, at noon at the Stadium Way Tennis Center on the Washington State campus. Friday marks the second meeting of the year between these two teams, as the Huskies defeated the Cougars, 5-2, in a non-conference match in Seattle on March 7.

IN THE RANKINGS:
After losses to UCLA and USC, the Huskies dropped to No. 8 in the latest ITA team rankings released Tuesday. UW opened the season ranked No. 7 and moved up as high as No. 4, its highest rank in school history. Washington has three singles players and one doubles duo ranked as well. Junior Dea Sumantri is ranked No. 20 and senior Claire Carter is ranked No. 29. As a doubles duo, the pair ranks fourth in the nation. Senior Erin Hoe is also ranked in singles, climbing to No. 53 in the latest poll.

DAWG BITES:
Washington is 1-5 against Top-10 opponents, it's only win coming over No. 6 Vanderbilt at the National Team Indoor Championships...two of those losses came to No. 1 Stanford...Claire Carter and Erin Hoe rank second and third on UW's career singles wins list...Carter is second with 88 and Hoe is third with 76...Dea Sumantri went 12-0 in dual singles action before suffering her first loss to No. 8 Daria Panova from Oregon ...Sumantri is 5-4 since then...UW has five players with at least 21 singles wins under their belts: Erin Hoe (26), Saskia Nauenberg (23), Dinka Hadzic (21), Claire Carter (21) and Dea Sumantri (21)...Claire Carter and Sumantri are UW's top doubles pair with a 21-11 overall record, 13-8 in dual play...the Huskies have won the doubles point in only seven of 21 matches...UW is 13-8 at No. 1 doubles, but a combined 11-30 at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles...Washington's only losses this year have come to Top-10 opponents.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE:
Like the Huskies, the Cougars are coming off a pair of losses at the hands of the USC and UCLA. WSU fell to No. 8 USC and No. 7 UCLA by identical 6-1 scores. Chris Martinez and Nora Gaal were the only Cougars to capture wins for the team in those two matches. The Cougars have lost six-straight matches dating back to mid-March. WSU's last win was a 5-2 victory over Hawaii in Honolulu, March 19. The Cougars' lone Pac-10 win came over Oregon, 4-3, in Eugene, on March 13. Washington State does not have any players ranked individually in either singles or doubles. UW is 39-6 all-time versus Washington State.

LAST TIME OUT:
The Huskies lost back-to-back matches for the first time this season, as their struggles against Top-10 opponents continued. In the midst of its season-ending five-match road trip, Washington fell to UCLA, 5-2, on Friday, April 9. Seniors Carter and Hoe continued their winning ways, but it wasn't enough to overtake the Bruins. In singles action, Carter knocked off No. 16 Jackie Carleton in straight sets, while Hoe defeated Feriel Esseghir. But the Bruins swept the doubles matches and won the remaining four singles contests. UW remained in Los Angeles to face No. 8 USC on Saturday, falling to the Women of Troy by the same 5-2 score. The fourth-ranked doubles duo of Carter and Sumantri was upset by 16th-ranked Luana Magnani and Carine Vermeulen, 8-3. A win by Hadzic and Hoe in the No. 2 spot staved off a doubles sweep by USC. In singles, it was Sumantri and Hoe who picked up the lone wins.

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.

UP NEXT - PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The Huskies will return to Southern California, but to northern Ventura County for the Pac-10 Championships held in Ojai, Calif., April 22-April 25. The conference championships are an individual tournament for both singles and doubles. The Pac-10 team champion is determined by the final conference standings.

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