Cougar Tennis Signs Mexican Star

May 7, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash.- The Washington State women's tennis team signed Chris Martinez-Hernandez for the 2001-2002 season, head coach Cari Groce announced Monday.

A native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Martinez-Hernandez, she become the second Mexican woman to play tennis for the Cougars.

Her sophomore year Martinez captured the state, regional and sectional champions. During her junior year, she was awarded the nationals doubles title. As a senior, she was crowned national singles champion and national doubles runner-up.

'We are very excited to have Chris join our team,' Groce said. 'She is coming to us as a very strong singles and doubles player, which doesn't happen very often. We expect her to start out the top half of our singles line-up, and be a strong doubles player. Having worked with Lorena and other players from Mexico, I know they play with a lot of emotion and a lot of pride. I think it is to WSU's advantage to have get another player that is so self-driven.'

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