WSU Tennis Heads To California

Oct. 1, 2002

THIS WEEK: The Washington State women's tennis team travels to California to pre-qualify for next weekend's All American Invitational (Oct. 10-13). Singles pregualifying is Saturday and Sunday at UCLA, while qualifying for the doubles bracket will be Tuesday and Wednesday at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

COUGARS IN THE FIELD: Zorana Roganovic and Nora Gaal will play doubles while Orsolya Sallai, Lorena Arias and Gaal will try to prequalify for singles Saturday and Sunday. Arias will team with Chris Martinez in the doubles qualifying rounds Tuesday and Wednesday.

OTHER TEAMS IN THE FIELD: The Cougs in action will play opponents from across the nation. The field is made up of the top returning tennis players in the nation, based on last year's final rankings. (www.itatennis.com)

ASSISTANT COACH MELISSA PINE ON THIS WEEKEND: 'This is a chance for our team to play against the best returning players in the nation. This will be a big test for our team.'

COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: The WSU doubles tandem of Lorena Arias and Chris Martinez is ranked No. 46 in the ITA preseason poll. The Cougars finished last season at No. 29 in the ITA team rankings. WSU finished last season ranked as the No. 5 team in the Northwest region. Lorena Arias finished at No. 23 in the regional singles rankings, and Orsolya Sallai ranked No. 24. Arias teamed with Chris Martinez to earn the No. 7 doubles ranking in the Northwest region.

NEXT WEEK: The Cougars who qualify will travel to Pacific Palisades for the All America Invitational Oct. 10-13.

COUGS REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Several Cougars made their mark on the WSU Top 10 list in 2002. Lorena Arias and Chris Martinez won 19 doubles matches, tying them at eighth on the career list and third on the single season list. Zorana Roganovic and Orsolya Sallai won nine of their 12 doubles matches; their .750 winning percentage ranks eight on the single season list and fifth on the career list. The Cougars finished No. 29 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, the highest final in WSU history.

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