Tennis Beats No. 44 Oregon 4-3

April 21, 2002

Eugene, Ore.--- The No. 30 Washington State women's tennis team finished out its regular season by defeating the No. 44 Oregon Ducks 4-3 Sunday in dramatic fashion.

With the match score tied at 3-3, Cougar sophomore Lorena Arias beat Oregon's Vickie Gunnarsson 7-6, 6-1 at No. 4 singles to give WSU the victory.

Thanks to Arias' heroics, Washington State won its second straight match and ended Oregon's run of six consecutive victories. The Cougars have defeated seven ranked teams this season.

The win improved Washington State's record to 11-10 and 2-6 in the Pacific-10.

'It was a great college tennis match,' said Washington State Head Coach Cari Groce. 'It came down to the last match and Lorena (Arias) won it for us. It was a great team effort and I'm glad we beat a tough Oregon team.'

The Cougars dominated the doubles competition by winning all three matches and the doubles point. In the No. 1 doubles match, WSU's No. 15 tandem of Erica Perkins and Stacy McKenna earned an 8-6 victory over Oregon's No. 54 Davina Mendiburu and Courtney Nagle. Cougars Lorena Arias and Chris Martinez won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles, while Zorana Roganovic and Nora Gaal won 8-5 in No. 3 doubles.

McKenna, ranked 95th by the ITA, posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Monika Gieczys. Martinez and Arias were also victorious in their respective singles matches.

The Cougars head to Ojai, Calif., Thursday for the Pac-10 Individual Championships.

'Hopefully we'll go down there, have some fun and compete like champions,' added Groce.

Singles#1 Daria Panova (ORE) def. (47) Erica Perkins (WSU), 6-1, 6-4#2 (95) Stacy McKenna (WSU) def. Monika Gieczys (ORE), 6-2, 6-1#3 Janice Nyland (ORE) def. Orsolya Sallai (WSU), 6-1, 6-1#4 Lorena Arias (WSU) def. Vickie Gunnarsson (ORE), 7-6, 6-1#5 Davina Mendiburu (ORE) def. Nora Gaal (WSU), 6-2, 6-2#6 Chris Martinez (WSU) def. Courtney Nagle (ORE), 6-3, 6-3

Doubles#1 (15) Perkins/McKenna (WSU) def. (54) Mendiburu/Nagle (ORE), 8-6#2 Arias/ Martinez (WSU) def. Gieczys/Panova (ORE), 8-5#3 Roganovic/Gaal (WSU) def. Nyland/Ester Bak (ORE), 8-5

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