No. 23 Women's Tennis Competes At Pac-10 Championships

April 20, 2005

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- THIS WEEK: Postseason play kicks off this weekend for Washington's women's tennis team, as they head to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-10 Championships. The four day tournament will crown conference champions in singles and doubles. The tournament runs all day Thursday through Sunday, April 21-24. Representing the Huskies (14-8, 3-4 Pac-10) will be 18th-ranked senior Dea Sumantri, 74th-ranked junior Dinka Hadzic, sophomore Saskia Nauenberg and freshman Tara Simpson, while Hadzic and Sumantri, and Naunberg and senior Mugette Ahn will compete for the doubles crown.

THE TOURNAMENT: The Pac-10 Championships consist of a 32-player main singles draw and a 16-team main doubles draw. Three players from each of the nine conference members enter in singles and one team from each member in doubles, with the remainder of at-large entries selected by coaches. Thursday will feature the first two rounds of singles play, followed by one round each day until the final on Sunday morning. Doubles play will begin on Friday with two rounds, then the semifinals on Saturday and the final on Sunday. Thursday's first round singles match-ups for the Huskies are as follows: #18 Dea Sumantri vs. Oregon's #107 Davina Mendiburu at 8 a.m., #74 Dinka Hadzic vs. Arizona's #115 Kelly Perry at 8 a.m., Saskia Nauenberg vs. Washington State's #51 Ekaterina Burduli at 12:30 p.m., and Tara Simpson vs. UCLA's #83 Laura Gordon at 12:30 p.m. Friday's first round doubles matches will see Hadzic and Sumantri taking on UCLA's Gordon and Alex McGoodwin at 10:30 a.m., and Nauenberg and Mugette Ahn facing Stanford's Whitney Deason and Theresa Logar at 10:30 a.m.

PAC-10 INVITATIONAL: In addition to the Huskies competing in the main draws, several other Dawgs will be participating in the Pac-10 Invitational singles and doubles brackets. Seniors Megan Flynn and Cheryl Naruse, junior Stephanie Svanfeldt, sophomore Monika Kolbovic, and freshmen Allison Rainey and Keri Sugiyama will all be competing in the Invitational singles draw. Kolvobic and Simpson, and Rainey and Svanfeldt are also entered in the Invitational doubles draw. The Pac-10 Invitational singles and doubles brackets follow the same schedule as their main draw counterparts.

PAC-10 EXPERIENCE: Sumantri, Hadzic, and Nauenberg all competed in the main singles draw in last year's competition. Hadzic and Nauenberg were ousted in the first round, but Sumantri notched two wins on the opening day to reach the quarterinals. In the quarters, Sumantri lost a tough 7-5 third set to Arizona's Dianne Hollands. Nauenberg and Ahn teamed together last year as well in the Pac-10 Invitatinal doubles draw, and reached the semifinals.

LAST TIME OUT: The women rounded out their regular season schedule last weekend with a 5-2 win over Washington State that they can hopefully build on heading into postseason play. The Huskies scored the doubles point for just the seventh time this season. Senior Mugette Ahn and sophomore Saskia Nauenberg won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles, and sophomore Monika Kolbovic and freshman Tara Simpson were 8-6 winners at No. 3 doubles to give Washington the early lead. In singles play, UW controlled the third through sixth matches, winning all in straight sets. Nauenberg beat Chris Martinez at third singles, Simpson downed Nora Gaal at No. 4, freshman Allison Rainey defeated Amy Toth at No. 5, and junior Stephanie Svanfeldt earned the win at sixth singles over Aleksandra Stefanova. However, the Cougars pulled out the top two singles matches, both in third-set super-tiebreaks. Ekaterina Burduli beat senior Dea Sumantri, ten points to eight, and Orsolya Sallai upset junior Dinka Hadzic, ten points to seven in the tiebreak.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Despite their 5-2 win over the Cougars, Washington slipped one spot in the April 19 ITA Team Rankings to No. 23, their lowest point of the season. The Huskies were ranked as high as eighth after their 10-1 start but injuries and close losses dragged down their ranking. A new batch of singles and doubles rankings were also released April 19. Senior Dea Sumantri remains in the top-20 at No. 18, while junior Dinka Hadzic comes in at No. 74.

SUMANTRI ASCENDS RECORDBOOKS: Senior All-American Dea Sumantri is in the midst of a stellar 26-12 season in which she has established herself as one of the elite players in the nation. However, wins have been tougher to come by as of late for the senior, after she began the year with a 23-6 record. Still, Sumantri has knocked off 14 ranked opponents, nine of which were in the top-40 at the time of the match. Sumantri, currently ranked No. 18, also has wins over five players currently ranked in the top-25, including Suzi Babos of Cal (No. 6), Robin Stephenson of Alabama (No. 7), UCLA's Daniela Bercek (No. 13), USC's Lindsey Nelson (No. 14), and UCLA's Riza Zalameda (24). On Januray 29th, Sumantri defeated Boise State's Megan Bjorkman for her 92nd career singles win, passing Claire Carter (2001-04) for second place on the career singles wins list. With her win over Portland's Sanja Indic, Sumantri became the second Husky ever to record 100 career victories. Sumantri now owns a career singles record of 102-46, trailing only the 111 singles wins amassed by Kristina Kraszewski (1998-01). She also has been a force on the doubles courts, totalling 83 career doubles wins, good for third place all-time.

UP NEXT: Washington will have a week off to prepare for the start of the NCAA Championships. Their tourney run will begin with the NCAA Regionals on May 14-15. The women reached the NCAA quarterfinals one year ago.

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