Huskies Head To Georgia For NCAA Sweet 16
May 18, 2004
Coming off the heels of a dramatic 4-3 comeback win over Oregon in its regional final, Washington's fourth-seeded and 10th-ranked women's tennis team will head to Athens, Ga., for the 16-team NCAA Championships, held May 20-23, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus. UW (20-5) will face its second Pac-10 opponent in NCAA action as the Huskies take on 44th-ranked Arizona State (8-14) in the Round of 16, Thursday, May 20, at 6 a.m. PT (9 a.m. ET) at Henry Feild Stadium. The Huskies are making their second-straight trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and the third in the last four years. Thanks to an upset of No. 1 seed and defending NCAA Champion Florida, Washington is the highest seeded team on its side of the bracket. The No. 2 (Stanford) and No. 3 (Vanderbilt) seeds are on the other side of the bracket.
Full recaps and results from the Huskies' matches in Athens will be posted on the internet at www.gohuskies.com. Live scoring and results will also be posted at www.georgiadogs.com and at ncaasports.com.
THE ROAD TO ATHENS FIRST WENT THROUGH SEATTLE:
Washington hosted an NCAA Regional for the second-straight year and third time in four years. The Huskies, unbeaten in NCAA matches at home with a 6-0 record, defeated Fairfield, 4-0, and No. 32 Oregon, 4-3, to punch their ticket to Athens. UW breezed through its first match against the Stags, who made their first ever NCAA Championship appearance. The Huskies swept the doubles matches for a 1-0 lead, before making quick work of Fairfield in singles. Junior Dea Sumantri, senior Erin Hoe and sophomore Dinka Hadzic earned the straight-set wins that gave UW the first round victory. In the regional final, the 32nd-ranked Oregon Ducks were a very familiar foe for the Huskies. Oregon started out strong winning the doubles point, marking the third time this year they had claimed the doubles point versus Washington. It was an uphill battle from there for the Huskies. An upset by senior Claire Carter over Oregon's Daria Panova at No. 1 singles and a win by Sumantri at No. 2 put UW within striking distance. But UW trailed 3-2 with two matches remaining. With their backs against the wall, junior Mugette Ahn pulled out a three-set win at No. 6 singles, focusing all the attention on Hadzic's duel with Davina Mendiburu on Court No. 4. With a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line for both teams, the nearly four-hour marathon match had everyone on the edge of their seats. Hadzic was down match point twice and battled back to earn a third-set tiebreak victory, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (6).
GEORGIA ON THEIR MIND:
Washington should have no qualms about making a trip to the state of Georgia for the NCAA team finals. The Huskies' best ever run through the championships was a trip to the Elite Eight in 2001. The site? The Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
HUSKY NET NOTES:
Washington is making its eighth-straight NCAA appearance, and seventh-consecutive under head coach Patty McCain. The Huskies have an overall record of 20-5, garnering the second most wins since UW won 21 in 2001. Washington finished in fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 5-3 conference record. The Huskies are 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 28 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 90, followed by Hoe in third with 78 wins. Carter already holds the doubles career record with 90 wins. Sumantri (first-team), Carter (second-team) and Hoe (honorable mention) were named to the All-Pac-10 team this year.
HUSKIES VERSUS THE FIELD:
The Huskies are 3-5 versus the remaining 16 teams in the NCAA Championships. This year, Washington defeated Arizona State (4-1), Tennessee (6-1) and No. 3 seed Vanderbilt (4-3). Two of the five losses came to No. 2 seed Stanford (0-5, 2-5), while UW has also lost to USC (2-5), UCLA (2-5) and Northwestern (3-4).
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE:
The Sun Devils (8-14) are perhaps the biggest surprise of this year's championship so far. ASU defeated LSU, 4-0, in the first round before pulling a stunning 4-0 upset over 12th-ranked and 13-seeded Texas. At No. 44 in the ITA rankings, ASU is the second-lowest ranked team to ever advance to the Sweet 16 (No. 45 Kansas State was lowest last year). The Sun Devils will be a familiar opponent to the Huskies. Earlier this year in the teams' regular season Pac-10 meeting, Washington took the 4-1 victory. With the match having been postponed following an earlier rainout, singles action was played first. With Washington winning four singles matches, doubles play was not necessary. Sumantri, Carter, Hoe and Hadzic picked up the essential wins at No. 1-4 singles to put away the Sun Devils on their home courts. UW has traditionally struggled against its opponent from the Southwest, trailing the all-time series with ASU 4-15-1.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP WRAPUP:
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.
UW FINISHES FOURTH IN PAC-10 STANDINGS:
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 25-0 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).
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.
SENIOR Claire Carter:
Carter is vying to become the first-ever four-time All-American in Husky women's tennis history...she is a three-time NCAA singles qualifier and a four-time doubles qualifier...as a freshman in 2001, helped UW to its school-record NCAA Elite Eight team finish...she has won eight of her last 10 singles matches heading into the team Sweet 16...she upset No. 12 Daria Panova of Oregon in the regional final May 16, Carter's last match at home...also upset Panova, ranked eighth, in a Feb. 21 dual...holds Husky records for season singles wins (32), career doubles wins (90) and season doubles wins (26)...ranks second in career singles wins (90)...playing doubles for the first time as a pair this year, Carter and Sumantri were ranked as high as fourth during the season...shared No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots with Sumantri...second-team All-Pac-10 selection this year...also defeated then-No. 16 Jackie Carleton (UCLA) and then-No. 33 Amber Liu (Stanford).
JUNIOR DEA SUMANTRI:
Sumantri is a two-time NCAA singles qualifier and earned her first doubles nod this year...earned first All-America honors last year as a sophomore in singles...won both her NCAA regional singles matches at No. 2 in straight sets...2003 first-team All-Pac-10 selection...opened the dual season winning 12-straight matches...her first dual loss was to Oregon's Daria Panova...Sumantri has won six of her last seven matches into the NCAA Sweet 16...is second on the team with 26 singles wins...already ranks fifth on UW's career doubles wins list and still has a one more year left...advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Championships...defeated Courtney Nagle (Oregon) and Emilia Anderson (Stanford) before falling to then-No. 14 Dianne Hollands (Arizona)...advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships, defeating then-No. 24 Luana Magnani (USC) and then-No. 17 Jackie Carleton, before falling to No. 8 Daria Panova (Oregon)...shared No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots with Carter.
SENIOR Erin Hoe:
Hoe is a first-time NCAA singles qualifier in her senior season...has dominated the No. 3 spot in the singles lineup...in addition to Hoe's team-high 28 singles wins, she also leads the team with 21 dual wins...three of her last four losses have come to Top-26 opponents...ranks third on UW's career singles wins list with 78...an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection this year...has won 17 of her last 20 matches...had as much as an 11-match winning streak...defeated then-No. 19 Erin Burdette from Stanford in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3...advanced to the Flight II finals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships, falling to Jieun Jacobs (California).
DOUBLES DUO - CARTER & SUMANTRI:
Ranked as high as fourth in the nation this year...recorded seven wins against ranked opponents...defeated the No. 1 team of Barnikow and Burdette of Stanford on March 26, 9-8 (6)...had two winning streaks of seven matches each...won the Flight I finals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships, defeating Kops-Jones/Jacobs from California...also defeated the then-No. 2 ranked duo of Schmandt/Tsoubanos from Vanderbilt...have struggled as of late, losing six of their last eight matches...upset by the 44th-ranked duo of Daria Panova and Courtney from Oregon in the NCAA Regional final.