WSU Tennis Hosts Cougar Classic

Sept. 19, 2001

THIS WEEK: The Washington State women's tennis team hosts the 10th Annual Cougar Classic Sept. 21-22. Friday will consist of two rounds of singles play and one round of doubles. Saturday will have two rounds of doubles and one round of singles.

OTHER TEAMS IN THE FIELD: The Cougar Classic is hosting eight area teams this weekend. Joining Washington State in the Classic will be Boise State, Gonzaga, Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College, Montana, Montana State and Whitman.

HEAD COACH CARI GROCE ON THIS WEEKEND: 'The Cougar Classic will get a lot of match play under our belt. It's also a good opportunity to get off to a good start at home with three singles matches and three doubles matches. We're ready to get off the practice court and compete, and we have four freshmen who are ready to experience collegiate tennis. We want to get the freshmen into match play and get their feet wet. Our four returnees played a lot this summer and it's showing now. They're playing like veterans. For the returnees, we want to get the competitive juices flowing again.'

COUGS NCAA BOUND IN 2001: Junior Erica Perkins made her second career appearance in the 2001 NCAA Singles Championship. She is the only player in WSU history to appear in the NCAA Singles Championship. Senior Ana Maria Moura and freshman Stacy McKenna became the first doubles team in WSU history to participate in the NCAA Doubles Championship.

NEXT WEEK: The Cougars will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to compete in the Alabama Invitational.

COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: The WSU Cougars finished last season at No. 30 in the ITA rankings. Senior Erica Perkins is ranked No. 24 in the ITA Preseason poll. Sophomore Stacy McKenna is ranked No. 83 as well. McKenna joins Perkins as they hold down the No. 27 doubles position.

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