May 9, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State women's tennis team will face Indiana at 10 a.m., EDT in the first round of the NCAA Championships, Friday in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Cougars (11-8) are ranked 28th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, while Indiana (16-9), from the Big Ten, enters the tournament 44th in the ITA rankings.
Should the Cougars advance to the second round, WSU's likely opponent will be Tennessee (23-3), an at-large selection out of the Southeastern Conference. The third-ranked Lady Vols are seeded fifth in the tournament, and will serve as a host for the first and second rounds. Tennessee's first round opponent is unranked Furman (17-8), the Southern Conference champion.
The Cougars are led by freshman Stacy McKenna and redshirt junior Erica Perkins. McKenna's 25 singles victories this year ties a WSU record (Marcia Senn, 1994). Perkins is currently 36th in the ITA singles rankings and has 24 wins this season. Later this month, she will participate in the NCAA individual singles championships.
McKenna and senior partner Ana Moura, ranked 30th in the nation, will become the first WSU duo to participate in the NCAA individual doubles championships later this month. The tandem recorded 14 wins this season as did the doubles team of senior Moniek van de Ven and freshman Lorena Arias.
Perkins and senior captain Tamara Filipovic won 10 doubles matches this season and are hold down the No. 36 spot in the ITA rankings.
The Cougars are making their third postseason appearance in the last four years. WSU received one of 33 at-large bids along with Pacific-10 Conference members, Arizona State, California, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington. In the Cougars' two previous NCAA tournament appearances, WSU lost in the first round at UNLV (1998) and fell in the first round to Mississippi State (1999).
The Pac-10's automatic bid was earned by top-ranked Stanford after the Cardinal posted an undefeated record in league play. The seven bids handed out to the conference are the second most in this year's tournament. The Southeastern Conference had 11 teams selected.
The Cougars posted a record of 3-8 against 2001 NCAA Tournament teams, including wins over Mountain West champion BYU and Big West champion Boise State. WSU also notched the first victory in school history over UCLA. Indiana is 3-9 against teams in this year's field.
Filipovic has 19 singles wins this season and is second on the WSU all-time list with 76 while van de Ven's 64 singles victories are tied for fifth in Cougar history.
The tennis team became the third WSU squad to advance to the postseason this academic year, joining women's volleyball (second round) and women's soccer (first round).
"It is great to finish this way," Filipovic said. "We went to nationals my freshman and sophomore years, and last year we were disappointed that we didn't make it. This year we are getting back on the right track and continuing to do what we started three years ago."
"These are the goals we set at the beginning of the year," McKenna added. "We've finally achieved the goals we wanted to."
SINGLES #1 (36) Erica Perkins (WSU) vs. Kelly Blanch (IU) #2 Stacy McKenna (WSU) vs. Amanda Field (IU) #3 Ana Moura (WSU) vs. Linda Tran (IU) #4 Zorana Roganovic (WSU) vs. Jessica Levin (IU) #5 Tamara Filipovic (WSU) vs. Karie Schlukebir (IU) #6 Lorena Arias (WSU) vs. Martina Grimm (IU)
DOUBLES #1 (30) McKenna/Moura (WSU) vs. Blanch/Levin (IU) #2 (39) Filipovic/Perkins (WSU) vs. Schlukebir/Tran (IU) #3 Arias/Moniek van de Ven (WSU) vs. Field/Jennifer Hsia (IU)
National Rankings in Parentheses