Aug. 5, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University's Erica Perkins, a junior tennis player from Seattle, Wash., received a direct entry to the 1999 Collegiate Summer Circuit National Championships to be held Aug. 11-15, at the College of William & Mary at Williamsburg, Va.
The tournament, presented by the United States Tennis Association, features 64 men and 64 women competing in singles competition as well as men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles events. The men's and women's singles and doubles winners will receive a wild card entry into the US Open Qualifying Tournament next month in New York, as well as a main draw berth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Clay Court Championships this fall.
Perkins received the Summer Circuit National Championships direct entry by winning the Western Section of the ITA Summer Circuit. She captured singles titles at tournaments at Ventura College (July 14-18), Cal Poly Pomona (July 21-25), and Industry Hills Tennis Club (July 28-Aug. 1). Perkins also joined Cougar teammate Melissa Pine (senior, Newfoundland, Canada) to win the doubles titles at Ventura and Pomona, and played with Princeton University undergrad Amanda Hastings-Phillips for the doubles title at Industry Hills.
"This is the first year for the ITA Summer Circuit and it keeps the collegiate players competing in the United States during a time when they used to have to travel abroad for playing opportunities," Cougar tennis coach Cari Groce said.
Groce also noted the Summer Circuit results are also used for the first series of fall national collegiate rankings. Perkins finished 34th in the final ITA national singles competition poll this past spring after becoming the first Cougar woman to participate in the NCAA Div. I Women's Tennis Individual Tournament. WSU's women's tennis team finished 35th in national rankings.