Women's Tennis Heads To Ojai For Pac-10 Individual Championships

April 20, 2004

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Postseason play begins this week with the ninth-ranked Washington women's tennis team (18-5, 5-3 Pac-10 heading to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-10 Individual Championships, Thursday, April 22, through Sunday, April 25. The women will play Thursday at the Ojai Valley Inn Tennis Center, before playing the remainder of the tournament at Libbey Park. Matches begin at 8 a.m. each day, with two rounds of singles on opening day. One round of singles and two rounds of doubles will be played on Friday. Semifinals and finals will be held at a time yet to be determined. Tournament results and draws can be accessed at www.ojaitourney.org.

The 32-player singles draw consists of three players from each of the nine schools that sponsor women's tennis, with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches based upon the participants record. The 16-team doubles draw will have one doubles team from each school and seven additional teams selected by the committee. There will also be 32-player invitational draw for singles. Washington has never won a Pac-10 singles or doubles crown.

The Huskies will be represented by five players in the singles draw: freshman Saskia Nauenberg, junior Dea Sumantri, sophomore Dinka Hadzic, senior Erin Hoe and senior Claire Carter. Nauenberg will face the top-seed Raquel Kops-Jones from Cal in the first round. Other first round matchups include Sumantri versus Courtney Nagle (Oregon), Hadzic versus Daniela Bercek (UCLA), Hoe versus Alice Barnes (Stanford) and Carter vs. Anca Anastasiu (USC). UW will have two teams in the doubles draw. Hadzic and Hoe will face Cal's Nicole Havlicek and Jody Scheldt in the first round starting Friday, while Carter and Sumantri will face Stanford's Theresa Logar and Story Tweedie-Yates. UW will have five players in the invitational singles draw. First-round matchups for UW are as follows: junior Mugette Ahn versus Rio del Rosario (Cal), sophomore Stephanie Svanfeldt versus Ester Bak (Oregon), sophomore Cheryl Naruse versus Zsofi Fodor (WSU), junior Megan Flynn versus Scheldt (Cal), and freshman Monika Kolbovic versus Monica Wiesener (Cal).

Two Husky doubles teams advanced to the Pac-10 semifinal: Colleen Gray and Dea Sumantri, and Claire Carter and Darija Klaic. Erin Boisclair advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles draw, falling to the eventual champion Daria Panova from Oregon.

The Huskies dropped to No. 9 in the latest ITA team rankings released Tuesday, their lowest team ranking of the year. 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. 21 and senior Claire Carter is ranked No. 28. As a doubles duo, the pair ranks ninth in the nation. Senior Erin Hoe is also ranked in singles, at No. 66.

With a 5-3 record against conference opponents, the Huskies finished fourth in the final regular season Pac-10 standings. Stanford was crowned champion with a perfect 8-0 mark. The Cardinal is undefeated this year with a 23-0 overall record. Only Washington and UCLA scored as many as two points in a match versus the Cardinal, both falling by scores of 5-2. USC finished second at 7-1 and UCLA was third at 6-2. The Huskies did have the second-best overall record in the conference at 18-5. Rounding out the rest of the standings were fifth-place Cal (4-4), sixth-place Oregon and Arizona (2-6) and eighth-place ASU and Washington State (1-7).

The Huskies snapped a brief two-match losing streak, defeating the Washington State Cougars easily, 6-1, in Pullman to cap the regular season. UW took an early 1-0 lead winning the doubles point, something the Huskies have not done since March. UW had lost six straight doubles points before taking two of three from the Cougars. UW got wins from the fourth-ranked team of Claire Carter and Dea Sumantri at No. 1 doubles. Also earning a big win was Dinka Hadzic and Erin Hoe at No. 2. The Huskies went on to win five of six singles matches with Dea Sumantri, Claire Carter, Erin Hoe, Dinka Hadzic and Stephanie Svanfeldt coming away with wins.

The Huskies will learn their postseason fate when the NCAA 64-team bracket is announced, Wednesday, May 5. Singles and doubles individual selections will be announced Thursday, May 6. Regional competition will be held May 14-15 at campus sites. The NCAA Championships will be held May 20-29 at the University of Georgia in Athens.

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