Cougar Tennis Ready For Pac-10 Indoor Championships

Jan. 16, 2002

The Washington State women's tennis team opens its spring season this weekend at the Pacific-10 Indoor Championships in Seattle. The Cougars, ranked 28th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's preseason rankings, will compete Friday-Sunday.

WSU will face tough competition as all nine Pacific-10 teams appear in the rankings. Stanford is the number one team, followed by USC (seventh), Arizona State (eighth), Washington (12th), California (13th), UCLA (16th), Arizona (51st) and Oregon (75th).

Sophomore Stacy McKenna is returning to defend her Flight IV championship from last year.

'This is the best tournament in the country to get our players back on track after the holidays,' said WSU Coach Cari Groce. 'Our players worked hard over break, and they're really looking forward to this weekend. We will compete against some of the best players in the country. It will be tough, but we are really ready to get back on the competitive courts.'

The Cougars are anchored by Erica Perkins, a senior ranked 38th, and Stacy McKenna, a sophomore ranked 50th nationally. Combined they form the No. 22 doubles team.

The three day competition starts Friday at 9:00 a.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. There are four singles brackets and will also be three doubles flights. The top three singles flights will include a consolation bracket.


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