Huskies Net Spot In NCAA Championships
April 28, 2009
SEATTLE - The reward for a long year of hard work came today for the Washington women's tennis team, as it was selected to the 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. The 64-team bracket was unveiled today by the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee.
The Huskies, ranked 32nd by the ITA, will be seeing some familiar faces in their four-team Regional, hosted by USC in Los Angeles. In the first round on May 8, Washington will meet 43rd-ranked San Diego State, whom the Huskies swept, 7-0, just over two weeks ago on April 10.
Should UW get the better of the Aztecs for a second time, they would likely face the 7th-ranked Trojans on Saturday, May 9. USC won the Pac-10 title this year with a perfect 7-0 conference record, snapping a 21-year run by the Stanford women. USC will play Fairfield in its first match. Washington hosted USC on April 4, and earned three wins in singles but USC pulled out the 4-3 decision.
This is the second-straight NCAA appearance for the UW women, and the 11th in the past 13 years. Washington made every tourney from 1997-2005, and has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals twice, in 2001 and 2004. At 16-7, this is the most wins for a Husky team since that 2004 squad. Last season the Huskies lost to Texas A&M in the first round.
'Although we beat San Diego State 7-0 we don't want to take them lightly, because they're a tough team,' said fourth-year head coach Jill Hultquist. 'If we do happen to make it to the second round it looks like it will be USC. We played them pretty competitively, although they beat us, so we would definitely relish a chance to pull the upset.'
Washington has played eight teams in the NCAA field, with a 2-7 record against. The wins came over Illinois, and their first round opponent, San Diego State. Six of the seven losses were to Pac-10 teams, six of which made the tournament. The Huskies should also fall back on their road experience during the season, in which they were 4-0 in neutral site matches and 7-4 in road duals.
The draws for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will be announced tomorrow, April 29, at 3 p.m. Sophomore Venise Chan is a lock for the singles draw, while freshman Denise Dy will hope for a singles bid as well as a doubles bid with junior Joyce Ardies.
NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
Los Angeles Regional
(33-48) San Diego State (17-8)
(17-32) Washington (16-7)
(49-64) Fairfield (16-4)
(7) USC (20-2)