February 9, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Rival Washington (3-2) could be out for some revenge this weekend in Seattle.
Last season ended with the Cougars (0-2) defeating the then No. 44 ranked Huskies 6-3 on their home tennis courts at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center. With a rematch slated for Sunday, Feb. 14 - one team will come out on top to claim state bragging rights.
"I'm sure they are out for revenge, but again they are in a position of playing to win," WSU coach Cari Groce said. "We are in a position (in the rankings race) with everything to gain."
No. 42 UW has compiled an all-time 18-5 record versus the Cougars, who are ranked No. 52 in the nation. However, the Huskies aren't the only opponents with whom to contend this weekend. The Cougars' first dual opponent will be No. 29 New Mexico Saturday, Feb. 13.
"We have played them every year for the past five years, so we know the team fairly well," Groce said. "Because they play in a different conference, we don't face them regularly enough to be familiar with their tendencies on the court."
The Lobos (3-1), a member of the Western Athletic Conference, hold a 6-1 all-time advantage over WSU. Last March, the then No. 30 ranked Lobos defeated the Cougars 2-7.
"It's a matter of us being confident that we, too are of national caliber and how much we want to beat these two teams," Groce said. "They are beatable for us and, if we play with confidence, it will be a very exciting weekend. Our team is hungry for a win and this weekend is a good time to secure one."
Tennis Notes ... Sophomore Erica Perkins (Seattle, Wash.) continues to hold down the No. 1 singles spot for the Cougars with a record of 1-1Perkins defeated No. 32-ranked Amanda Augustus of Cal Jan. 30 to remain the only Cougar thus far to capture a match win ..."Erica is doing very well and she is full of confidence and determination," Groce said. "She'll challenge whomever she plays this weekend." ... WSU coach Cari Groce will be on the Tuesday press conference call at 1:30 p.m.