Darija Klaic Named Assistant Women's Tennis Coach

June 3, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. - Former Husky All-American Darija Klaic has been named assistant coach for the Washington women's tennis team, head coach Patty McCain announced Wednesday.

Klaic, a two-time doubles All-American and a 2003 Washington graduate, replaces Renata Kolbovic who served as the women's tennis assistant the past two seasons.

'I am very excited to have Darija back with women's tennis,' McCain said. 'She has fantastic administrative skills, a keen eye for the game, and understands our history. She will be an invaluable asset as the new assistant coach.'

Along with doubles partner Claire Carter, Klaic earned All-America honors in doubles in 2002 and 2003. The pair was one of the top doubles teams to ever play at Washington, as Carter and Klaic finished 2003 with a No. 10 national ranking. They also finished the 2002 season with a No. 20 national rank.

Klaic, a native of Zupanja, Croatia, ranks second only to Carter in UW career doubles wins with 84. Klaic and Carter also hold the season doubles record with 26 wins in 2002-03, a mark that was equaled by Carter and junior Dea Sumantri this year. Carter and Klaic also hold the distinction of being the first Husky doubles team to reach the NCAA quarterfinals in 2001. Carter and Sumantri matched that accomplishment this year as well.

Klaic recorded at least 20 doubles wins in three of her four seasons at Washington. She also earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention acclaim in 2002.

An outstanding academic student as well, Klaic was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection, including a second-team selection in 2002.

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