Erica Perkins Earns No. 2 Seed

By Rahula Strohl, The News Tribune

It's hard to believe that Erica Perkins was recovering from a torn right wrist tendon last year at this time.

Perkins, a Seattle native and Washington State University standout, received the second seed Monday for the women's bracket of the Pacific Northwest Open Tennis Championships.

Cammy McGregor, from La Quinta, Calif., received the first seed in the tournament, which starts Wednesday at the Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club. Seattle's Julie McDaniel is seeded fourth.

'I had a pretty good season (this past year) with Washington State,' said Perkins, 'I want to get prepared for the college season next year.'

Perkins, about to be a redshirt senior, made it to the NCAA individual tennis finals in May and had a final ranking of 43rd in the nation.

Perkins was ranked 23rd in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association before the 1999-2000 season, which ended after only 10 matches because of her injury. The Tacoma tournament is the fourth of six stops on the Pacific Northwest Circuit. Perkins won the second tournament in Eugene, Ore.

Perkins said she chose to play in the PNW tournament because 'my dad used to be the teaching pro at Tacoma Lawn back in the '50s and '60s. ... In the (tournament) circuit it's everyone's favorite because the people (there) are so great.'

The first seed in the men's bracket is Michael Jessup from Torrance, Calif.

'(Jessup) just won the tournament down in Portland, so he's the guy to beat,' said club pro Tom Peterson, who's also participating in the tournament.

Jeremy Berman of Kirkland is seeded second, Peter Malacek of Tacoma is seeded sixth. Last year's winner, Dougal Williams, of Sun River, Ore., is seeded fourth.

Peterson said the seeds for the open are determined by a combination of U.S. Tennis Association rankings, world rankings, Pacific Northwest rankings and college rankings.

� The News Tribune

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