Cougars End Tennis Season With NCAA Tournament Loss To Tennessee

May 12, 2001

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The fifth-seeded and third-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols defeated No. 28 Washington State, 4-0, Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships.

The win advanced Tennessee (25-3) into the round of 16 next Thursday in Stone Mountain, Ga., while the Cougars ended their season at 12-9.

'They (the Lady Vols) are a very good team,' WSU Head Coach Cari Groce said. 'They are extremely talented and have every shot in the book. We didn't back down and I thought we played very well. I am very proud of our team.'

The host Lady Vols opened the day by taking the doubles points with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Tennessee's 19th-ranked team of Crystal Cleveland and Alison Ojeda defeated WSU's 39th-ranked duo, senior captain Tamara Filipovic (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) and junior Erica Perkins (Seattle), 8-5 at No. 2. Brooke Cordell and Agnes Wiski locked up the doubles point at No. 3 with an 8-5 win over senior Moniek van de Ven (Stellenbosch, South Africa) and freshman Lorena Arias (Mexico City, Mexico).

'We played great doubles,' Groce said. 'We stayed right with them and unfortunately Tennessee came up with some games late in the matches.'

In singles, Tennessee captured matches at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 to seal the win. Ojeda, the 24th-ranked player in the nation, took care of 36th-ranked Perkins, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 while Cleveland defeated Filipovic, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5 to give the Lady Vols a 3-0 advantage.

Agnes Wiski then clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over freshman Zorana Roganovic (Novi Sad, Yugoslavia) at the No. 4 position.

While the Cougars' season as a team is over, WSU can look forward to having three players compete in the NCAA Individual Championships, May 21-26 in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Perkins will compete in singles for the second time in three years while freshman Stacy McKenna (North Bend, Ore.) and senior Ana Maria Moura (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) take part in doubles. McKenna and Moura are the first WSU doubles team to participate in the individual championships.

No. 3 TENNESSEE (4), No. 28 WASHINGTON STATE (0)SINGLES#1 (24) Alison Ojeda (UT) def. (36) Erica Perkins (WSU), 6-0, 6-2#2 Stacy McKenna (WSU) vs. (61) Kim Gates (UT), SUSPENDED#3 Ana Maria Moura (WSU) vs. (79) Vilmarie Castellvi (UT), SUSPENDED#4 Agnes Wiski (UT) def. Zorana Roganovic (WSU), 6-2, 6-2#5 Crystal Cleveland (UT) def. Tamara Filipovic (WSU), 6-1, 6-3#6 Lorena Arias (WSU) vs. Brooke Cordell (UT), SUSPENDEDDOUBLES#1 (30) McKenna/Moura (WSU) vs. (46) Castellvi/Gates (UT), SUSPENDED#2 (19) Cleveland/Ojeda (UT) def. (39) Filipovic/Perkins (WSU), 8-5#3 Cordell/Wiski (UT) def. Arias/Moniek van de Ven (WSU), 8-5National Rankings in Parentheses
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