Huskies Face Former Coach McCain On Texas Trip

March 28, 2006

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- THIS WEEK: Coming off their first win since early February, the Husky women's tennis team now faces a top-20 opponent who will benefit from an excellent scouting report. Washington (2-11, 0-5) travels to Austin this weekend to face the Texas Longhorns, led by former UW Head Coach Patty McCain, who left the Huskies over the summer. Texas, last year's NCAA Runner-Up is ranked 15th under McCain's guidance. The Huskies and Longhorns play Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. PST. After that emotional match, Sunday April 2, the UW plays their ninth top-25 foe of the season in TCU also at 10.

SCOUTING TEXAS: McCain has led the Longhorns to a 10-8 record this season, but Texas is a perfect 5-0 in Big 12 play. They have been ranked as high as third this season and placed second in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships to Stanford. Texas also lost to Stanford in last year's NCAA Championships final. In addition to their 4-0 loss to Stanford, Texas lost 6-1 to Arizona State in January in their only other match against a Pac-10 opponent. Stanford's top two singles players share a hometown with UW's No. 1 Dinka Hadzic. All three hail from Split, Croatia. Senior Mia Marovic is ranked 79th and has played No. 1 singles of late, and junior Petra Dizdar is the No. 2 singles player and ranks 71st. Also ranked in singles is senior Kendra Strohm at No. 109. Texas won the only previous meeting between the schools.

SCOUTING TCU: The Texas Christian Horned Frogs out of the Mountain West Conference are 11-5 and 3-0 in conference play. In 2005, TCU reached the NCAA Second Round before losing to Tulane, and the Horned Frogs finished 19th in the final ITA Rankings. This season TCU has been ranked as high as No. 12 but have slipped to No. 23 in the March 28 rankings. The Horned Frogs feature one of the nation's most talented under-classmen in sophomore Nicole Leimbach. No. 1 Husky Dinka Hadzic upset Leimbach in the first round of last year's Pac-10 Indoor Championships when Leimbach was a freshman star at USC. Leimbach won the Pac-10 Singles Championship last year and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year as well as the West Region Rookie of the Year. Leimbach is currently ranked 11th. Senior Helena Besovic is ranked 35th while freshman Anna Sydorska ranks 93rd. Besovic and Sydorska rank 11th as a doubles team, while Besovic and Ana Cetnik are 59th. TCU leads the all-time series, 2-0.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies split a pair of matches against their two biggest northwest rivals, the Ducks and Cougars last weekend, losing to No. 37 Oregon, 6-1 before upsetting the No. 72 Cougars to snap a ten-match losing streak. First, UW traveled to Eugene to face Oregon in a Pac-10 match-up. Oregon swept doubles and won four singles matches. Washington's only win came via Tara Simpson at No. 3 singles as she defeated Anna Powaska, 7-5 in the third set. Washington traveled back to Seattle that night for a meeting with Washington State Sunday afternoon. The Huskies started the match by winning the doubles point for only the third time this year. Stephanie Svanfeldt and Melinda Wong won at No. 3 doubles for their first dual win of the year. Then Dinka Hadzic and Victoria Brymer survived a match point and came back to win at No. 1 doubles in a tiebreak, dominating the breaker, 7-1. Wong and Brymer then won at fifth and third singles, respectively, and Washington claimed the win when Simpson came through in another third set, 6-2 against WSU's Amy Toth at second singles. Due to injuries, Washington forfeited the No. 6 singles match against Oregon and Washington State.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is unranked as a team but senior Dinka Hadzic maintains a singles ranking of 98, and Hadzic and Brymer reentered the Fila Doubles Rankings on Tuesday, March 21, earning the No. 38 spot.

UP NEXT: Washington returns to conference play next weekend as both Arizona schools come up to Seattle. Friday, April 7, the 30th-ranked Arizona Wildcats face the Huskies, and Saturday, April 8th, UW welcomes No. 13 Arizona State. Both matches are at 12 and will be outdoors at Bill Quillian Stadium.

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