Tennis Off To Texas A&M Invitational

Oct. 29, 2002

THIS WEEK: The Washington State women's tennis team heads to the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station. The three-day Invite begins Friday November 1.

OTHER TEAMS IN THE FIELD: The Cougars will compete in a dual match format against Texas Christian University Friday at 9 a.m., Texas A&M Saturday at 2 p.m. and Tulane Sunday at 2 p.m.

HEAD COACH CARI GROCE ON THIS WEEKEND: 'We have to be comfortable with our lineup. If we do not bring in any more players in the spring, this is our team and we have to set our lineups for dual matches. We're playing some good teams this weekend in Texas and I'm excited to see how we will play. The top of our lineup is set, and we're just trying to sort through the bottom three singles players and get a solid No. 3 doubles 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 COMPETITION: After the Texas A&M Invite, the Cougars are off until the January 17 Pac-10 Indoor Championships in Seattle.

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.

COUGS NCAA BOUND IN 2002: The Washington State women's tennis team enjoyed a stellar season in 2002, advancing to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in the last five years. The Cougars finished No. 29 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, the highest final in WSU history.

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