National Indoor Draft Sends UW Back To Florida In 2011

June 3, 2010

SEATTLE - The 2010 season has just ended but already the Husky women's tennis team knows at least one stop on its 2011 schedule. Washington will be headed back to the state of Florida next season, as the Huskies were slotted into the four-team section hosted by Florida State for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships qualifying rounds.

The Huskies ended their season in Gainesville, Florida two weeks back with a second round NCAA defeat to eventual national runner-up Florida. This time UW will be in Tallahassee as the third-seed out of the four teams.

Washington's first opponent will be the University of Texas and former Washington head coach Patty McCain. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since McCain left after the 2005 season and Jill Hultquist took over head coaching duties from her former doubles partner on the WTA tour.

In the other opening-round match, Florida State will face Princeton. The winners and losers from day one will face off the following day, with the team that comes out 2-0 earning one of 16 spots into the National Team Indoor Championships hosted next year by Virginia on Feb. 18-21.

The Longhorns made the NCAA Round of 16 this year and finished 16th in the final team rankings, while Florida State wound up 14th in the rankings, also making the Round of 16. Princeton lost in the NCAA first round and wound up ranked 36th.

This past season, Washington traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas for National Indoor Qualifying where it fell to Arkansas in the opener before defeating South Carolina the next day for one of its biggest wins of the season.

The Huskies finished the season ranked 23rd, their highest year-end mark since 2004.

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