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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/11/2001
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April 11, 2001

THIS WEEK: The WSU women's tennis team will continue its home stretch against USC (Friday at 11 a.m.) and UCLA (Saturday at noon) at the Stadium Way Tennis Courts.

SCOUTING THE USC TROJANS: The Trojans are currently 14-6, 2-1 in the Pac-10 and No. 19 in the latest ITA rankings. The Trojans are led by No. 13 Jewel Petersen, who is 14-5 at the No. 1 singles position. No. 76 Maureen Diaz, who has recorded a 14-5 mark at the No. 3 position, joins Petersen in the rankings. Petersen and fellow teammate, Tiffany Brymer are 10-9 at the No. 1 doubles position and ranked No. 12 by the ITA. Diaz and her partner Melissa Esmero are 2-1 at the No. 2 position and are ranked No. 38 in the latest poll. Esmero and teammate Anita Loyola are No. 43 and are 9-6 at the No. 2 position. The Cougars have never beaten USC in six meetings.

SCOUTING THE UCLA BRUINS: The Bruins are 5-14 overall, 2-1 in conference play and No. 38 in the latest ITA rankings. No. 17 Sara Walker, who is 15-7 overall, represents the Bruins in the ITA rankings. Walker is joined by No. 84 Petya Marinova, who is 14-11 overall. Marinova and teammate Lauren Fisher hold the No. 18 position in the doubles rankings. The Cougars are winless in seven tries against the Bruins.

ASSISTANT COACH JACKIE BOOTH ON THIS WEEKEND: "We are hoping to get some good weather this weekend. We can usually draw a pretty good crowd at home, which we can't in Lewiston. We have played a few matches in the LCSC Tennis Center and it feels like home for us, but not as much as our own courts. We are looking forward to some good matches this weekend."

LAST WEEK: Due to bad weather, the Cougars had to move the first two of a five-match home series to Lewiston. The Cougars were defeated 5-2 by the No. 14 Arizona State Sun Devils Friday. They then downed the No. 49 Wildcats of Arizona 4-3 Saturday. The win was the first in the program's history over Arizona.

NEXT WEEK: The Cougars will end their home stretch and their regular season play as they host arch rival and 13th-ranked Washington. The match will take place Saturday, April 21 at noon at the Stadium Way Tennis Courts.

COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: The WSU Cougars are still at No. 30 in the ITA rankings this week. Junior Erica Perkins fell to No. 35 in the latest ITA poll.

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