Cougar Tennis Travels to Northern California

March 25, 2003

THIS WEEK: The No 46 Washington State women's tennis team (7-5, 0-1 Pacific-10) travels to the Bay Area to take on the Northern California Pac-10 schools. WSU plays at No. 2 Stanford Friday and at No. 3 California Saturday. The Cougars will also play non-conference opponent Fresno State, ranked No. 17 by the ITA, Sunday in Berkeley.

THE SERIES: Washington State has won not defeated Stanford in nine all-time matches. The Cougars edged California 5-2 last season (March 29) in Pullman for the first time in eight matches against the Golden Bears. WSU has won just one of ten matches against Fresno State.

UPSET SPECIAL: WSU sophomore No. 1 singles player Orsolya Sallai upset Oregon's No. 18 Paria Panova (6-3, 3-6, 6-4) March 16 in Eugene. It was Sallai's second win over a ranked singles opponent this season (also Boise State's #79 Renate Stoop Feb. 16). WSU junior Lorena Arias, playing at No. 2 singles, defeated Oregon's No. 40 Courtney Nagle (6-3, 0-6, 6-2).

HOT COUGS: Washington State has won three matches against ITA ranked opponents. The Cougars have defeated No. 65 New Mexico (Feb. 15), No. 58 Boise State (Feb. 16) and No. 49 BYU (Feb. 28) this season.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: WSU has eight more matches scheduled this season, and all eight will be against teams ranked in the ITA's Top 42 National Rankings.

NEXT WEEK: The Cougars next competition will be home matches against the Arizona Pac-10 schools. WSU takes on Arizona (April 4) and Arizona State (April 5). Both matches start at noon.

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