No. 6 Women's Tennis Advances To NCAA Sweet 16 With 4-0 Win Over Illinois
May 11, 2003
SEATTLE, Wash. - The sixth-ranked Washington women's team is headed to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in the last three years, after shutting out No. 25 Illinois 4-0 in the NCAA Regional Final held at Quillian Stadium on the UW campus, Sunday afternoon. The sixth-seeded Huskies will face 11th-seed UCLA in the Round of 16 on Thursday, May 15, at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The Huskies, having won their last seven straight matches, improved their overall record to 19-3 with the victory. Illinois finished their season with an overall record of 17-8. Sunday's contest was a rematch of the 2001 regional final in Seattle, as the Huskies ousted Illinois from the tournament with a 4-0 win that season en route to their Elite Eight finish.
"The girls were really tough today," UW head coach Patty McCain said. "I was surprised at how we took over the match from the very beginning. That's what you hope for all year. We've been training all year for this and trying to taper our workouts towards competing on the weekend and it's really worked well for us. "
Washington clinched the doubles point and proceeded to win the next three singles matches in straight sets to earn the victory. UW's No. 1 pair of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic defeated Illinois' Jennifer McGaffigan and Michelle Webb, 8-3, to set the Husky season doubles record with 26 wins. Junior Hoe held the previous record of 25 set during the 2001 season. Also picking up a win was the Husky doubles team of Erin Boisclair and Hoe.
In singles action, Boisclair cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Brianna Knue in the No. 4 spot to improve her dual record to 21-1 (28-7 overall). Colleen Gray defeated Webb at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-1), while Hoe took care of Leila Cehajic, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 6 spot.
"We gave it our all," Illinois head coach Sujay Lama said. "I'm proud that we fought hard but we were outmatched. Washington played really well. They had a little bit more talent and more firepower and that was the difference. They took it to us in doubles and when a team starts out that aggressively it's hard to come out of that. Our goal was to give it our best effort and fight hard for every ball. We showed that we are team with a lot of heart and desire. I'm really proud of my team."
NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIIS SECOND ROUND