March 28, 2001
THIS WEEK: The WSU women's tennis team will travel to Eugene, Ore. to battle the Oregon Ducks. The match marks the second meeting of the season for the Cougs and the Ducks, and it will take place in the Student Tennis Center at noon Saturday, March 31.
SCOUTING THE OREGON DUCKS: The Ducks are currently 3-11 overall, 0-5 in the Pac-10, and have lost their last nine matches. The last meeting between the Ducks and the Cougars was a true battle to the finish. The Ducks took the doubles point, but they were unable to stop the Cougars in singles. Experience was key for the Cougars as the final result come down to the match between senior-captain Tamara Filipovic and Vickie Gunnarsson, a junior-transfer for the Ducks. As the pressure built and the crowd cheered, Filipovic sealed the victory for the Cougars by defeating Gunnarsson 6-1, 1-6, 7-5.
HEAD COACH CARI GROCE ON THE LAST MEETING: "This was an awesome match. It was a classic collegiate tennis match with a great finale. It all came down to the hand of the senior and team captain with the crowd screaming and the pressure mounting, and Tamara stepped up and sealed the victory for the team. It was a great match, and we are very proud of the way the team played. It was a total team effort."
LAST WEEK: The Cougars had a week off to enjoy their victories over San Diego Sate and the University of San Diego. The Cougars defeated the Aztecs of San Diego State 6-1, and the Toreros of the University of San Diego 4-3. The victory over the University of San Diego was the first time the Cougars have defeated the Toreros in the programs history.
GROCE ON THIS YEARS'S SQAUD: "I think this team deserves a lot of credit for what we have accomplished. Instead of telling them what the game plan is, this team likes to be involved and give their input. The girls surf the web to find information on player and upcoming opponents, giving us 10 minds working on a common goal. It was a big step to accept this feedback, but it one that has work well for us."
COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: The WSU Cougars moved ahead of the Arizona Wildcats in the ITA rankings this week. Currently the Cougs are No. 34, while the Wildcats are holding the No. 46 position. Junior Erica Perkins is currently ranked No. 34 in singles, while senior Ana Moura and partner Stacy McKenna are holding on to the No. 48 doubles spot and Perkins and Filipovic are No. 49.