Women's Tennis Picks Up Record Breaking Win
April 14, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - The WSU women's tennis team defeated the Bruins of UCLA for the first time in the program's history. The Cougars conquered the Bruins 4-3 in a dual hosted by WSU at the Stadium Way Tennis Courts, Saturday.
The Cougars were off to a quick start as they picked up two doubles victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Senior Ana Moura and freshman Stacy McKenna pulled off another upset over upset UCLA's No. 18 ranked duo of Lauren Fisher and Petya Marinova 8-5. Senior Moniek van de Ven and freshman Lorena Arias defeated the UCLA tandem of Jennifer Donahue and Catherine Hawley 8-3, giving the Cougars the doubles point.
In singles competition, Moura stepped up to defeat UCLA's Marinova 6-2, 6-2 at the No.3 position. Arias continued to be a force to be reckoned with at the No. 6 position as she dropped UCLA's Donahue 6-0, 6-0. As the pressure mounted, McKenna continued to shine. After losing the first set 0-6, McKenna battled back to downed UCLA's Hawley 0-6, 6-1, 7-5 at the No. 2 position, giving WSU its first win ever over UCLA.
'Stacy had an awesome performance,' head coach Cari Groce said. 'I was a little worried when she was down, because she doesn't do well when she's behind. When I saw her pumping herself up, I knew that things were about to go our way. Stacy can do anything she wants to on the court when she's positive. I felt she was a really good person to have in this position, because when she's positive she is tough to beat.'
The Cougars are now 11-7 overall, 4-5 in the Pac-10, while UCLA drops to 5-16 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
'I think this win shows a lot about where our program is,' head coach Cari Goce said. 'We've kind of been on the out skirts trying to break in. I think getting wins over these kinds of teams shows that we have some good players here, we're doing some good things, and we are a contender.'
'This win means a lot, especially since I will be leaving in a month,' Moura said. 'It is great to be here, especially because last year we got (destroyed) by them. It is definitely nice to be here when we beat them.'
The Cougars will return to action Saturday, April 21 as they face fellow Pac-10 rival the No. 13 Washington Huskies. The match will mark the end of the regular season collegiate careers of seniors Moura, van de Ven and team-captain Tamara Filipovic. The seniors will be honored in a ceremony during the match.
(30) WSU 4, (38) UCLA 3
1.(17) Sara Walker (UCLA) def. (35) Erica Perkins (WSU), 6-4, 6-2
2.Stacy McKenna (WSU) def. Catherine Hawley (UCLA), 0-6, 6-1, 7-5
3.Ana Moura (WSU) def. (84) Petya Marinova (UCLA), 6-2, 6-2
4.Lauren Fisher (UCLA) def. Zorana Roganovic (WSU), 6-2, 6-2
5.Mariko Fritz-Krochow (UCLA) def. Tamara Filipovic (WSU), 6-3, 7-5
6.Lorena Arias (WSU) def. Jennifer Donahue (UCLA), 6-0, 6-0
1.Moura/ McKenna (WSU) def. (18) Fisher/Marinova (UCLA), 8-5
2.Fritz-Krochow/Walker (UCLA) def. Filipovic/Perkins (WSU), 8-6
3.Arias/van de Ven (WSU) def. Donahue/Hawley (UCLA), 8-3