Carter and Sumantri Named As 2004 ITA All-Americans

June 4, 2004

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Washington's record setting women's tennis duo of senior Claire Carter and junior Dea Sumantri earned spots on the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America Team, the ITA announced today. Carter becomes the first woman in Washington history to earn four All-American honors, while Sumantri picked up the award for the second straight year.

Carter is one of only three four-time All-Americans on the 47-player team, along with Duke's Amanda Johnson and Stanford's Lauren Barnikow. Players earn ITA All-america honors in singles and/or doubles based on their final ranking, advancement at the NCAA Championships and/or seeding at the NCAA Championships.

Carter earned All-America status in doubles for the third straight year after singles All-America honors her freshman season in 2001. Carter and Sumantri qualified for their doubles honors by reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA doubles championsips as the No. 8 seed, and finishing the year ranked seventh overall in the final ITA Rankings which were also released today. The duo amassed a 26-14 doubles record this season.

A native of Nottingham, England, Carter finishes her Husky career as one of the most decorated women in Washington history. Her 184 combined singles and doubles wins ties her for the all-time record with Kristina Kraszewski. She is UW's career doubles wins leader with 93, and is second to Kraszewski in singles wins with 91. Carter has also written her name atop the season singles wins list, racking up 32 in her freshman year. Furthermore, she has twice set the standard for doubles wins in a season with 26, first set last year with partner Darija Klaic and equaled this season teaming with Sumantri.

Sumantri, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia, also added singles All-American honors to her doubles award. She becomes the first Husky to ever earn singles and doubles All-American status in the same year. Splitting time with Carter at No. 1 singles, Sumantri posted a 28-10 singles record and finished the year ranked No. 17, the third-highest final ranking in school history. Her 76 singles wins already rank fourth on the career singles wins list with her senior year still to come.

Carter and Sumantri led the women's tennis team to this year's NCAA quarterfinal round, equaling their best ever finish. The Huskies also reached the quarterfinals in 2001, the first year of Carter's Husky tenure. Washington finished 21-6 and rank ninth in the final poll. Sumantri finished No. 17, Carter No. 32, and senior Erin Hoe ends her UW run at No. 58 in the country. Carter and Sumantri's No. 7 final doubles ranking is the highest ever finish for a Washington doubles team.

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