Women's Tennis Hoping for Sun

April 11, 2001

THIS WEEK: The WSU women's tennis team will continue their home stretch as they host USC and ULCA, Friday at 11:00 a.m. and Saturday at noon, respectively on the Stadium Way Tennis Courts.

SCOUTING THE USC TROJANS: The Trojans are currently 14-6, 2-1 in the Pac-10 and No. 19 in the latest ITA rankings. The Trojans are lead by No. 13 Jewel Petersen, who currently has a record of 14-5 at the No. 1 singles position. No. 76 Maureen Daiz, who has recorded a 14-5 record at the No. 3 position, joins Petersen in the rankings. Petersen and fellow teammate, Tiffany Brymer are currently 10-9 at the No. 1 doubles position and currently No. 12 in the ITA rankings. Diaz and her partner Melissa Esmero are currently 2-1 at the No. 2 positions and are ranked No. 37 in the latest polls. Esmero and teammate Anita Loyola are currently No. 43 and have recorded a 9-6 record at the No. 2 position. The Cougars have never won a match in the six meeting with USC.

SCOUTING THE UCLA BRUINS: The Bruins are currently 5-14 overall, 2-1 in conference play and No. 38 in the latest ITA rankings. No. 17 Sara Walker, who currently has a record of 15-7 overall, represents the Bruins in ITA rankings. Walker is joined by No. 84 Petya Marinova, who is currently 14-11 overall. Marinova and teammate Lauren Fisher are currently holding the No. 18 position in doubles rankings. The Cougars have never won a match in the seven meetings against the Bruins.

ASSISTANT COACH JACKIE BOOTH ON THIS WEEKEND: 'We are hoping to get some good weather this weekend. We can usually draw a pretty good crowd at home, which we can't in Lewiston. We have played a few matches in the LCSC Tennis Center and it feels like home for us, but not as much as our own courts. We are looking forward to some good matches this weekend.'

LAST WEEK: Due to bad weather, the Cougars had to move the first two of a five-match home series to Lewiston. The Cougars were defeated 5-2 by the No. 14 Arizona State Sun Devils Friday. They then downed then downed the No. 40 Wildcats of Arizona 4-3 Saturday. The win was the first in the program's history over the Arizona Wildcats.

NEXT WEEK: The Cougars will end their home stretch and their regular season play as they host the Pac-20 rival the No. 13 Huskies of Washington. The match will take place Saturday, April 21 at noon on the Stadium Way Tennis Courts.

COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: The WSU Cougars are still at No. 30 in the ITA rankings this week. Junior Erica Perkins fell to No. 35 in the latest ITA poll.

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