WSU Tennis Beats No. 75 Clemson

March 22, 2002

Honolulu, Hawaii--- The No. 46 WSU women's tennis team continued its hot streak by defeating the No. 75 Clemson Tigers 5-2 Friday.

The Cougars won their third-straight match under the Hawaiian sunshine and controlled the doubles competition. WSU won all three matches and the doubles point. WSU's No. 16 tandem of Erica Perkins and Stacy McKenna won 8-6 over Alix Lacelarie and Laurence Jayet. Cougars Lorena Arias and Chris Martinez beat Clemson's Anna Savitskaya and Anna Dolinska 8-5 at No. 2 doubles. In the No. 3 doubles match, WSU's Zorana Roganovic and Orsolya Sallai triumphed 8-3.

'It was a great match today,' said Washington State coach Cari Groce. 'Clemson is a very good team with a ton of depth. Our young players stepped up and won the match for us. Orsi and Lorena played so tough today and Nora came back to win a very tough match.

'I'm glad to get the three wins here in Hawaii, and now it's time to go home for the tough Pac-10 matches next week.'

Highlighted by the play of their freshmen the Cougars (7-5) won four of six singles matches. Freshman Orsolya Sallai beat Ruchele LeSaldo 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Nora Gaal edged Anna Stiglic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5 singles. Freshman Chris Martinez outlasted Milena Stanoycheva 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 at No. 6 singles.

Perkins, a senior ranked 50th nationally, fell to No. 83 Lacelarie 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles position. McKenna, ranked 72nd by the ITA, lost at No 2 singles.

Singles#1 (83) Alix Lacelarie (Clem) def. (50) Erica Perkins (WSU), 7-5, 6-3#2 Anna Savitskaya (Clem) def. (72) Stacy McKenna (WSU), 6-2, 6-4#3 Orsi Sallai (WSU) def. Richele LeSaldo (Clem), 6-3, 6-2#4 Lorena Arias (WSU) def. Ioana Paun (Clem), 6-0, 6-2#5 Nora Gaal (WSU) def. Anna Stiglic (Clem), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2#6 Chris Martinez (WSU) def. Milena Stanoycheva (Clem), 7-6, 6-7, 7-6

Doubles#1 (16) Perkins/McKenna (WSU) def. Lacelarie/Jayet (Clem), 8-6#2 Arias/Martinez (WSU) def Savitskaya/Dolinska (Clem), 8-5#3 Roganovic/Sallai (WSU) def. LeSaldo/Stanoycheva (Clem), 8-3

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