Women's Tennis Hosts Cougar Classic

Sept. 17, 2002

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THIS WEEK: The Washington State women's tennis team hosts the 11th Annual Cougar Classic Sept. 20-21 at the Stadium Way Tennis Center. 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 and Montana State.

HEAD COACH CARI GROCE ON THIS WEEKEND: We just need to get competition for the team, especially the new players. The returnees will now be playing tougher opponents so that will help them get ready for this season as well.'

COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: The Cougars finished last season at No. 29 in the ITA team rankings. WSU finished last season ranked as the No. 5 team in the Northwest region. Lorena Arias and Chris Martinez are at No. 46 in the 2002-03 national preseason doubles rankings.

NEXT WEEK: The Cougars will travel to Colorado Springs to compete in the Air Force Academy Invitational Sept. 26-29.

COUGS REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Several Cougars made their mark on the WSU Top 10 list in 2002. Lorena Arias and Chris Martinez won 19 doubles matches, tying them at eighth on the career list and third on the single season list. Zorana Roganovic and Orsolya Sallai won nine of their 12 doubles matches; their .750 winning percentage ranks eight on the single season list and fifth on the career list.

2002 REVIEW: The Washington State women's tennis team enjoyed a stellar season in 2002, advancing to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in the last five years. The Cougars finished ranked No. 29 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, the highest final in WSU history.

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