Huskies Move On To Elite Eight After 4-2 Win Over Arizona State

May 20, 2004

ATHENS, Ga. - For the second-straight match, sophomore Dinka Hadzic's comeback win at No. 4 singles led the fourth-seed and 10th-ranked Huskies to victory as Washington defeated 44th-ranked Arizona State, 4-2, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships at Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga., Thursday morning.

Washington (21-5) advances to the NCAA quarterfinals and will face fifth-seeded Clemson (25-3), Friday, May 21, at 8 a.m. PT. Clemson defeated Texas A&M, 4-1, in the Round of 16 to advance. The Huskies will make their first appearance in the Elite Eight since 2001, matching their best-ever performance in the NCAA Tournament.

Hadzic, whose thrilling comeback victory clinched UW's regional final win over Oregon on May 16, clinched the match versus the Sun Devils (8-15). Hadzic lost the first set to ASU's Lauren Colalillo 3-6, but battled back to win the second and third sets, 7-6(3) and 6-4. She came back for the victory after being down four matchpoints.

The Huskies, who have struggled with doubles all year, opened the match with an unfamiliar 1-0 lead after taking the first two doubles matches. The 10th-ranked tandem of senior Claire Carter and junior Dea Sumantri defeated 57th-ranked Colalillo and and Kady Pooler, 8-1, while senior Erin Hoe and Hadzic won the match on Court Two, 8-1, over Wendy Pilecka and Cindy Sureephong.

UW extended its lead to 2-0 on Carter's easy 6-1, 6-2 win over Josyln Burkett at No. 1 singles. ASU climbed back into the match with wins by Sabrina Capannolo and Pooler at five and six singles. Hoe posted a comeback of her own at No. 3 singles versus Sureephong, after losing the first set 6-7(5), she came back to post 6-0 and 6-4 wins in the second and third.

Needing just one more win to clinch the match, Hadzic battled through three sets to get the team victory for Washington. Sumantri was leading her match at No. 2 singles, 4-6, 6-2, 3-2 before play was suspended.

'We struggled with doubles all year and we knew that Arizona State would be incredibly tough,' UW head coach Patty McCain said following the match. 'This year we've won a ton of matches by having to win four singles.'

ASU had made quite a run through the 2004 Championship, coming to Athens as the second-lowest ranked team ever to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16.

The Huskies will look to make school history, Friday, as no UW women's tennis team has advanced to the NCAA semifinals. UW is the highest-seeded team on its side of the bracket. Live scoring and match results from the NCAA Championships can be found at www.georgiadogs.com.

NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship
Round of 16 o May 20, 2004 o Dan Magill Tennis Center
Washington 4, Arizona State 2

Doubles
1. (10) Claire Carter/Dea Sumantri (UW) def. (57) Lauren Colalillo/Kady Pooler (ASU), 8-1
2. Erin Hoe/Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Wendy Pilecka/Cindy Sureephong (ASU), 8-1
3. Mugette Ahn/Saskia Nauenberg (UW) vs. Sabrina Capannolo/Joslyn Burkett (ASU), DNF

Singles
1. (33) Claire Carter (UW) def. Joslyn Burkett (ASU), 6-1, 6-2
2. (17) Dea Sumantri (UW) vs. Wendy Pilecka (ASU), DNF
3. (64) Erin Hoe (UW) def. Cindy Sureephong (ASU), 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-4
4. Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Lauren Colalillo (ASU), 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4
5. Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) def. Saskia Nauenberg (UW), 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Kady Pooler (ASU) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 6-3, 6-1

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