Women's Tennis Falls to Washington

April 21, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - The No. 28 WSU women's tennis team wrapped up its five-match home stretch as they fell 3-4 to the No. 16 Washington Huskies. The match also was the last home match for seniors Ana Moura, Moniek van de Ven and captain Tamara Filipovic, who were honored in a ceremony during the match.

The Huskies pick up two of the three doubles victories, and the doubles point, causing the Cougars to be down 0-1 going in to singles action. Moura and freshman Stacy McKenna, who are currently ranked No. 21in the latest ITA rankings, picked up an 8-2 upset over Washington's No. 11 duo of Kristina Kraszewski and Darija Klaic at the No. 1 position. Filipovic and junior Erica Perkins, No. 33 in the latest ITA rankings, lost a close match to Washington's No. 23 tandem of Claire Carter and Ilona Kordonskaya 9-7(8) at the No. 2 position.

The Cougars picked up three singles victories, but it was not enough to outlast the Huskies. Seniors Moura and Filipovic finished their regular season play strong as they picked up victories. Moura downed the Huskies' Ilona Kordonskaya 7-5, 6-1 at the No. 3 position. Filipovic, who struggled earlier in the season, dropped the Huskies' Colleen Gray 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 5 spot. Freshman Lorena Arias continued her four-match winning streak as she defeated the Huskies' Andrea Coulter 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 6 position.

'It was really important for me to finish strong,' Filipovic said. ' I have lost a few close matches lately, and I needed this win to boost my confidence for the upcoming tournaments.'

The Cougars are now 11-8 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies are 18-7 overall and 7-2 in the Pac-10.

'I think Washington is a very good team,' head coach Cari Groce said. 'I think that not winning the doubles point came back to haunt us, because had we gotten that point we'd be celebrating. Lorena, Ana and Tamara all came up with big wins for us, and Erica fought hard against a very talented (Kristina) Kraszewski. She stayed positive throughout the match and gave herself a chance. We will be switching gears here as we head into the Pac-10 tournament, and will be focusing on individual goals. They need to go out a pick up some wins to see if they can earn themselves a berth to the NCAA tournament.'

The Cougars will head to Ojai, Calif. to compete in the Pac-10 Championships April 26-29.

-Go Cougs-

(28) WSU-3, (16) UW- 4

Singles:

1.(12) Kristina Kraszewski (UW) def. (38) Erica Perkins (WSU), 6-3, 6-2

2.(42) Claire Carter (UW) def. Stacy McKenna (WSU), 6-3, 6-0

3.Ana Moura (WSU) def. Ilona Kordonskaya (UW), 7-5, 6-1

4.Erin Boisclair (UW) def. Zorana Roganovic (WSU), 6-0, 6-2

5.Tamara Filipovic (WSU) def. Colleen Gray (UW), 6-1, 6-1

6.Lorena Arias (WSU) def. Andrea Coutlter (UW), 6-3, 6-2

Doubles:1.Moura/ McKenna (WSU) def. (11) Kraszewski/Klaic (UW), 8-2

2.(23) Carter/Kordonskaya (UW) def. Filipovic/Perkins (WSU), 9-7 (8)

3.Boisclair/Hoe (UW) def. Arias/van de Ven (WSU), 8-2

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