Women's Tennis Looks To Earn Top Ranking

Nov. 7, 2000

After having two weeks off, the WSU women's tennis team willtravel to Palo Alto, Calif. to compete in the ITA Regional Tournament. Theirprimary goal is to achieve a top ranking, setting them up for the upcomingspring season.

SENIOR ANA MOURA ON THE ITA REGIONALS:
'It's a very toughtournament. We are very excited about it, because that's where you canget an individual and/or team ranking.'

GROCE ON PRE-SEASON RANKINGS:
'It's important to be ranked in thepreseason because it allows you to move up in the poll when you beat a rankedopponent. If you're not in the top 75 when the season begins, you haveto play catch-up all season.'

GROCE ON DOUBLES LINE-UPS:
'We had each of the players list three goalsthey hoped to achieve in doubles at the tournament and who they thought theycould achieve these goals with. Based on that, we developed our teams forthe tournament this weekend. We wanted them to take some ownership. If theysay they can accomplish these goal with these people - then let's doit.'

GROCE ON SEASON OUTLOOK:
'I think we're doing very well.We're always experimenting with our doubles combinations. You have tofind what works.

FALL TENNIS COMES TO A CLOSE:
The ITA Regional Tournament will bring the fallseason to a close. The Cougars will return to action January 12-14, as theykick off their spring season in Seattle competing in the Pac-10 IndoorChampionships.

MOURA ON SPRING SEASON OUTLOOK:
'I think we're going to have alot of upsets. The freshmen are just getting adjusted to college tennis, andI think they are doing well. I think we're going to have a prettystrong team.'

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