Cougars Ousted in First Round of NCAA Tournament by Fresno State

May 10, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Washington State tennis team dropped its NCAA First Round match to Fresno State, 4-0, Friday.

The win improved No. 27 Fresno State to 12-10 while the loss ended No. 25 Washington State's season ended at 11-11.

At No. 1 doubles, senior Erica Perkins (Seattle) and Stacy McKenna (North Bend, Ore.), ranked No. 12, defeated No. 10 Kim Niggemeyer and Simone Jardin 8-4.

However, the Bulldogs captured the doubles point with wins by Lucia Tallo and Chloe Carlotti at No. 2 and Chantel Wiggings and Courtney Jantz at No. 3.

The Bulldogs clinched the match with singles wins at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5. Niggemeyer, No. 41 in singles knocked off No. 50 Perkins at No. 1, 7-6 (3), 6-1. Simone Jardin, No. 123, defeated Orsi Sallai (Budapest, Hungary), 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 and Wiggins rallied past Nora Gaal (Szekesfehervar, Hungary), 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5.

'Every match was a battle and well played,' WSU Head Coach Cari Groce said. 'We lost the doubles point and that was the big difference in a match where two teams were so even.'

Despite the 4-0 final, Washington State was leading in the three singles matches being played at the time the Bulldogs clinched the victory.

'All the credit goes to Fresno State, they outplayed us.' Groce said. 'I'm very pleased with the our play. We are so young and overachieved all year. The future of Cougar tennis is bright.'

Washington State, which made its fourth postseason appearance in the last five years, loses one senior in Perkins.

No. 25 Fresno State 4, No. 27 Washington State 0

Singles#1 (42) Kim Niggemeyer (FSU) def. (50) Erica Perkins (WSU), 7-6 (3), 6-1#2 (41) Chloe Carlotti (FSU) vs. (80) Stacy McKenna (WSU), DNF#3 (123) Simone Jardim (FSU) def. Orsi Sallai (WSU), 6-4, 7-5#4 Lucia Tallo (FSU) vs. Lorena Arias (WSU), DNF#5 Chantel Wiggins (FSU) def. Nora Gaal (WSU), 2-6, 6-0, 6-1#6 Ewa Grusiecka (FSU) vs. Chris Martinez (WSU), DNF

Doubles#1 (12) Perkins/McKenna (WSU) def. (10) Niggemeyer/Jardim (FSU), 8-4#2 Tallo/Carlotti (FSU) def. Arias/Martinez (WSU), 8-2#3 Wiggins/Courtney Jantz (FSU) def. Zorana Roganovic/Gaal(WSU), 8-6

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