Huskies Set To Face Fairfield In NCAA First Round Saturday

May 10, 2004

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Washington's 10th-ranked women's tennis team (18-5) makes its eighth-straight postseason appearance, hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships, Sat., May 15, and Sun., May 16, at Bill Quillian Stadium on the UW campus in Seattle. First round action on Saturday features the opening matchup between No. 30 New Mexico and No. 31 Oregon at 10 a.m. PT, followed by the Huskies' contest with Fairfield at 2 p.m. The first-round winners will face each other Sunday, at noon PT for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA finals held at the University of Georgia in Athens, May 20-23. The Huskies have earned NCAA bids the last eight-straight years, including all seven of head coach Patty McCain's tenure. This year marks the second-straight time the Huskies have hosted the first and second rounds, and the third time in four years. Washington has advanced to the Sweet 16 every year it has hosted a regional (2001, 2003).

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Washington is making its eighth-straight NCAA appearance, and is hosting the first and second rounds for the second straight year. The Huskies ended the regular season with an overall record of 18-5, while finishing in fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 5-3 conference record. Washington is ranked 10th, but held as high as a No. 4 billing earlier in the season, the team's highest rank ever in school history. UW is led by the one-two punch of senior Claire Carter and junior Dea Sumantri. Sumantri is ranked 17th and Carter is ranked 33rd in singles, while as a pair the duo is ranked 10th in doubles. The Huskies have also had a strong senior campaign from 64th-ranked Erin Hoe who has a team-high 27 singles wins. Sophomore Dinka Hadzic and freshman Saskia Nauenberg have also been reliable members of the starting six. All five of those Huskies have at least 20 singles wins under their belts. Both Carter and Hoe will end their careers among the Husky elite. Carter ranks second on UW's all-time singles wins list with 89, followed by Hoe in third with 77 wins. Carter already holds the doubles career record with 89 wins. Sumantri (first-team), Carter (second-team) and Hoe (honorable mention) were named to the All-Pac-10 team this year.

The Huskies are 8-1 at home this year, losing only to No. 1 Stanford, 5-2, on March 26. Washington has yet to lose an NCAA match on its home courts.

Three of the four teams playing in the first and second rounds in Seattle are ranked in the latest ITA team rankings with Washington at No. 10, New Mexico at No. 30 and Oregon at No. 31. Fairfield will be making its first ever NCAA appearance versus Washington, coming off its sixth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship this year. Fairfield finished the year 19-2 overall, and 5-2 in the MAAC. Fairfield does not have any players ranked in singles or doubles. Saturday marks the first-ever meeting between the Huskies and Fairfield. New Mexico brings a 20-4 overall record to Seattle. The Lobos return to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2000, after making five straight postseason appearances from 1996-2000. New Mexico fell just shy of winning the Mountain West Conference tournament title, falling to BYU, 4-3, on May 1. The Lobos did however capture the MWC regular season title, capping off its 5-2 conference record with a 7-0 win over Air Force, April 18. New Mexico has two singles players and one doubles duo ranked nationally with sophomore Maja Kovacek ranked 74th and freshman Iva Gersic ranked 111th. Sandy Lukowski and Kovacek are the nation's eighth-ranked doubles team, the highest rank doubles duo competing in Seattle this weekend. Washington leads the all-time series with New Mexico, 3-2. Oregon, Washington's Northwest rival, doesn't have to travel far for its fifth NCAA trip in eight years. The Ducks' last postseason appearance was in 2002. Oregon is 16-8 and tied for sixth in the Pac-10 standings with a 2-6 conference record. The Ducks will have the highest ranked singles player in this weekend's NCAA rounds in Seattle, as junior Daria Panova is ranked No. 12. Freshman Dominika Dieskova is also ranked 71st for Oregon, while Panova and Courtney Nagle are ranked No. 44 in doubles. Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon 52-2 and won the teams' two meetings this year by scores of 5-2 in Seattle and 4-3 in Eugene. The Northwest rivals have never meet in NCAA team action.

Washington will be represented by three singles players and one doubles team in the NCAA Individual Championships held May 24-29 following the 16-team NCAA finals in Athens. Seniors Claire Carter and Erin Hoe, as well as junior Dea Sumantri will play singles, while Carter and Sumantri were selected to compete in the doubles bracket. Carter, a three-time All-American, looks to become the most decorated Husky - no Washington women's tennis player has garnered more then three All-America honors. Sumantri looks to build upon last year's All-American nod in singles, while Hoe, having a standout senior campaign, is making her first individual appearance at NCAAs.

Junior Dea Sumantri put together the most successful run for the Huskies at the Pac-10 Individual Championships, held April 22-25, in Ojai, Calif. Sumantri defeated Courtney Nagle (Oregon) and No. 72 Emilia Anderson (Stanford) to advance to the singles quarterfinals. Sumantri's run ended there, falling to No. 14 Dianne Hollands (Arizona) in three sets. Washington's for other singles players taking part in the main draw lost their first round matches. In the main doubles draw, both Husky teams met first-round defeat. In the Invitational doubles draw, junior Mugette Ahn and freshman Saskia Nauenberg made it to the semifinals, falling to Bernadette Bayani and Melissa Esmero from USC, 8-3.

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).

Claire Carter has won seven of her last nine matches heading into NCAA action...Carter, competing in both singles and doubles at the NCAA Individual Championships, as a chance to become UW's first four-time All-American...Erin Hoe has dominated the No. 3 spot in the singles lineup...Hoe has won 16 of her last 18 matches and had as much as an 11-match winning streak during the season...In addition to Hoe's team-high 27 singles wins, Hoe also leads the team with 20 dual wins...Hoe's last three losses have come to Top-26 opponents...Dea Sumantri opened the dual season winning 12-straight matches...her first dual loss was to Oregon's Daria Panova...Sumantri has won four of her last five matches heading into this weekend...the Huskies have won the doubles point in 8 of 22 matches...UW is 14-8 at No. 1 doubles, but a combined 12-31 at No. 2 and 3 doubles.

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