Six Cougars Advance at ITA Regional

Oct. 25, 2002

Stanford, Calif.-- The Washington State women's tennis team, led by 14th-seeded Lorena Arias, had four players go undefeated during the first day of competition at the Omni Hotels Western Regional Championships hosted by Stanford University.

Arias, a junior from Mexico, advanced with a bye in the first round and beat Stanford's Kara Guzman 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. Arias will play Fresno State's Courtney Jantz Saturday in the round of 32.

Also advancing to the round of 32 were Cougar sophomores Nora Gaal, Chris Martinez and Zsofi Fodor. In second round play, Gaal beat St. Mary's Lindsay Herndon Ortega 7-6(6), 6-2. Martinez defeated Cal Poly's Samantha Waller 7-5, 6-3 in her second round match. Fodor edged California's Kristen Case 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to the round of 32.

'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 2002 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held Nov. 7-10 in Dallas, Texas.

RESULTS:Friday, Oct. 25 Singles Results (First Round) Zsofi Fodor (Washington State) byeNo. 14 Lorena Arias (Washington State) byeJoanna Kao (Stanford) def. Elspeth Beattie (Washington State), 6-1, 6-1Jennifer Berk (Portland) def. Magda Gradkowska (Washington State), 6-0, 6-2Chris Martinez (Washington State) def. Anna Skogerboe (USF), 7-5, 6-2Zorana Roganovic (Washington State) def. Italina Kirknis (Sac State), 7-6 (1), 6-1Dea Sumantri (Washington) def. Orsi Sallai (Washington State), 6-3, 6-3Nora Gaal (Washington State) def. Chelsey Thompson (Cal Poly), 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6)Mel Humphrey (Washington State) def. Deirdre Ring-Marrinson (Portland), 6-1, 6-2

Friday, Oct. 25 Singles Results (Round of 64) Zsofi Fodor (Washington State) def. Kristen Case (Cal), 1-6, 6-3, 6-1No. 14 Lorena Arias (Washington State) def. Kara Guzman (Stanford), 6-2, 6-2Chris Martinez (Washington State) def. Samantha Waller (Cal Poly), 7-5, 6-3Andrea Coulter (Washington) def. Zorana Roganovic (Washington State), 6-1, 6-2Nora Gaal (Washington State) def. Lindsay Herndon Ortega (Saint Mary's), 7-6(6), 6-2No. 10 Jiuen Jacobs (Cal) def. Mel Humphrey (Washington State), 6-2, 6-1

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