April 20, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The 1999 Pac-10 Individual Championships will be a premier meeting of the nation's top collegiate women's tennis players April 22-25 in Ojai, Calif.
The Pac-10 dominates the national rankings, with a majority of the top 100 singles players and top 50 doubles teams in the nation hailing from the conference. In the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) team polls, the nine member schools participating in tennis are currently ranked in the top 50.
The 35th-ranked Cougars finished the regular season at 9-10 overall and 2-6 in Pac-10 action. This season's outcome closely mirrors last year's record (10-10 overall, 2-6 Pac-10) and could offer the reward of postseason play. WSU was selected to participate in the NCAA tournament for the first time in its history last season.
Washington State's was in peak form with its recent win over rival Washington 5-4 in Pullman - and they look to possible rivalries on the court this weekend.
Pac-10 tournament play is centered on individual matches, compared to team competition. WSU coach Cari Groce will accompany the entire nine-member contingent to Ojai. Sophomore Erica Perkins (Seattle, Wash.) is tied at No. 38 in the singles rankings and is the Cougars' No. 1 singles player. Perkins and teammate Sarah Burrows (Lakewood, Colo.) are WSU's top doubles team.
The team brackets for the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships will be announced on a selection show Wednesday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m. (PST)WSU coach Cari Groce will be on the Tuesday Press Conference call at 1 p.m.