March 23, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team retains its place among the nation's best according to the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings released Tuesday.
The Cougars (5-6) remain at No. 40 although capturing a win against Big-10 school Michigan State, upsets versus No. 27t Virginia Tech, and No. 27t San Diego State March 12-16 at the University of San Diego Women's Classic in San Diego, Calif. In the all-time records, the Cougars' highest ranking ever was 43rd in the nation - and more recently 40th.
"This team now knows they can compete and beat 90 percent of the teams out there," WSU coach Cari Groce said. "They now believe and that will be the difference for the rest of the year. They are on top of the world and playing with tremendous confidence."
Heading into this weekend, WSU would like to avenge a home loss to Oregon earlier this month. The No. 31 Ducks (8-3), who were not ranked at the time, stunned the Cougars March 5 with a 5-3 victory at the Lewiston Tennis Center in nearby Lewiston, Idaho.
"The monkey's on their back now," Groce said. "We will enjoy challenging the Ducks for what I feel will be a match that the Cougars can win. We are going to go out and play a much more relaxed game with the confidence shown during spring break."
The Cougars and Ducks square off at noon in Eugene, Ore. Saturday, March 27.
Tennis Notes...Sophomore Erica Perkins (Seattle, Wash.) moves down one spot to No. 38 in the nation in singles play...The Cougars' No. 1 doubles team of Perkins and Sarah Burrows (Lakewood, Colo.) moves to No. 48...The Pac-10 Conference displays its dominance in collegiate tennis this week, with all nine schools ranked among the nation's top 50 teams...WSU coach Cari Groce will be on the Tuesday Press Conference call at 1:30 p.m.