McKenna Advances To Elite Eight At ITA Regional

Oct. 27, 2001

Stanford, Calif.-- Washington State tennis player Stacy McKenna won both of her matches Saturday and advanced to the quarterfinals at the Omni Hotels Western Regional Tennis Championships hosted by Stanford University.

McKenna, a No. 9 seed, advanced by beating Santa Clara's Christine Limbers, 6-1, 6-3, in the third round. McKenna, a sophomore, followed that performance with a solid fourth round upset victory over third-seeded Claire Carter of Washington, 7-6, 6-3. The win propelled McKenna, ranked No. 83 in the nation, into Sunday's quarterfinal, where she will face sixth-seeded Chloe Carlotte of Fresno State.

No. 4 seed Erica Perkins won her first match by outlasting California's Sekita Grant, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. Perkins was defeated by Washington's ninth-seeded Darija Klaic, 6-2, 6-4, in the fourth round of action.

McKenna and Perkins, Washington State's last remaining doubles team in the tourney, beat Colleen Gray and Erin Hoe of Washington, 8-3, in the third round. Fourth-seeded Carla Arguelles and Raquel Kops-Jones of California beat the fifth-seeded Cougar duo of McKenna and Perkins in the fourth round, 9-8.

Cougars Nora Gaal and Zorana Roganovic both lost in third round action after winning their first two matches Friday. No. 5 seed Raquel Kops-Jones of California beat Gaal, 6-2, 6-1. Chloe Carlotte of Fresno State beat Roganovic, 6-0, 6-1.

In the consolation bracket, three Cougars won their third round matches to advance to fourth round action. Freshmen Zsofi Fodor, Chris Martinez and Orsi Sallai all won and will play in the consolation round of 16 Sunday.

'This is what our players have played for all fall,' said WSU Tennis Coach Cari Groce. 'This regional is packed with some of the best players in the country.'

The four-day tournament features the top women's players from the ITA's western region at the NCAA Division I level. Participating schools for this year's event include: Fresno State, Gonzaga, Idaho, Nevada, Pacific, Portland, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Francisco and Santa Clara, as well as Pac-10 foes California, Oregon, Washington and Stanford. The singles finalists and doubles champions advance to the 2001 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held Nov. 8-11 in Dallas, Texas.

Day Two RESULTS:Third Round - Main Draw Singles (Round of 32)Erica Perkins (#4 seed - Washington State) d. Sekita Grant (California), 3-6, 6-1, 7-5Raquel Kops-Jones (#5 seed - California) d. Nora Gaal (Washington State), 6-2, 6-1Chloe Carlotte (#6 seed - Fresno State) d. Zorana Roganovic (Washington State), 6-0, 6-1Stacy McKenna (#9 seed - Washington State) d. Christine Limbers (Santa Clara), 6-1, 6-3

Fourth Round - Main Draw Singles (Round of 16)Darija Klaic (#9 seed - Washington) d. Erica Perkins (#4 seed -Wash. State), 6-2, 6-4Stacy McKenna (#9 seed - Wash. State) d. Claire Carter (#3 seed - Washington), 7-6 (5), 6-3

(Women's Tennis Results Continued)Sunday's Quarterfinal Pairings - Main Draw Singles(All matches begin at 9:00 a.m.)Chloe Carlotte (#6 seed - Fresno State) vs. Stacy McKenna (#9 seed - Washington State)

Third Round - Consolation Singles (Round of 32)Zsofi Fodur (Washington State) d. Amy Juppenlatz (Portland), 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (2)Chris Martinez (Washington State) d. Ester Bak (Oregon), 6-3, 6-1Orsi Sallai (Washington State) d. Dierdre Ring-Marrinson (Portland), 6-3, 6-3

Sunday's Fourth Round Pairings - Consolation Singles (Round of 16)(All matches begin at 9:00 a.m.)Emilia Anderson (Stanford) vs. Zsofi Fodur (Washington State)Chris Martinez (Washington State) vs. Daniela Gheorge (Fresno State)Adeline Arnaud (Oregon) vs. Orsi Sallai (Washington State)

DOUBLES:Third Round - Main Draw Doubles (Round of 16)Stacy McKenna/Erica Perkins (#5 seeds - Washington State) d. Colleen Gray/Erin Hoe (Washington), 8-3

Quarterfinals - Main Draw DoublesCarla Arguelles/Raquel Kops-Jones (#4 - Cal) d. Stacy McKenna/Erica Perkins (#5 - Wash. St.), 9-8 (4)


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