Huskies Jump To Highest Ranking Under Hultquist
Feb. 3, 2011
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SEATTLE - On the back of a pair of upset wins over Top-20 opponents last week in Florida, the Husky women's tennis team jumped up to No. 15 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, the ITA announced today. This is the highest point for Washington under sixth-year head coach Jill Hultquist, and the highest for UW since the 2005 season.
Last weekend the Huskies qualified for the ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships by posting a 4-3 upset of 16th-ranked Texas, followed the next day by a 4-3 victory over 14th-ranked Florida State. Sixth-ranked junior Denise Dy clinched both matches with dramatic comebacks at No. 1 singles, and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Monday.
Washington began the year ranked 23rd and was at No. 24 last weekend. While the No. 15 ranking is a new high point for Hultquist's team, Washington has been a Top-25 regular for the past few seasons. They reached a high point of 16th in 2010, and a high of 23rd in 2009.
The Huskies will be back on the road this weekend for two more tough road duals. Saturday they will face 58th-ranked San Diego State and then on Sunday the Huskies draw 67th-ranked San Diego.
The 16 qualifiers for National Team Indoors will convene in Charlottesville, Virginia on Feb. 18-21 with UW guaranteed at least three matches against the nation's best. It will be Washington's first appearance in the final 16 since the 2005 season.