Bruins Cap Washington Trip With 4-3 Loss to Cougars

April 14, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - The WSU women's tennis team defeated UCLA for the first time in the program's history on Saturday. The Cougars defeated the Bruins 4-3 in a dual hosted by WSU at the Stadium Way Tennis Courts.

The Cougars were off to a quick start as they picked up two doubles victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Senior Ana Moura and freshman Stacy McKenna pulled off another upset over upset UCLA's No. 18 ranked duo of Lauren Fisher and Petya Marinova 8-5. Senior Moniek van de Ven and freshman Lorena Arias defeated the UCLA tandem of Jennifer Donahue and Catherine Hawley 8-3, giving the Cougars the doubles point.

In singles competition, Moura stepped up to defeat UCLA's Marinova 6-2, 6-2 at the No.3 position. Arias continued to be a force to be reckoned with at the No. 6 position as she dropped UCLA's Donahue 6-0, 6-0. As the pressure mounted, McKenna continued to shine. After losing the first set 0-6, McKenna battled back to downed UCLA's Hawley 0-6, 6-1, 7-5 at the No. 2 position, giving WSU its first win ever over UCLA.

'Stacy had an awesome performance,' head coach Cari Groce said. 'I was a little worried when she was down, because she doesn't do well when she's behind. When I saw her pumping herself up, I knew that things were about to go our way. Stacy can do anything she wants to on the court when she's positive. I felt she was a really good person to have in this position, because when she's positive she is tough to beat.'

The Cougars are now 11-7 overall, 4-5 in the Pac-10, while UCLA drops to 5-16 overall.

'I think this win shows a lot about where our program is,' head coach Cari Goce said. 'We've kind of been on the out skirts trying to break in. I think getting wins over these kinds of teams shows that we have some good players here, we're doing some good things, and we are a contender.'