March 30, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The 40th-ranked Washington State women's tennis team prepares for its first home meeting versus No. 15 Arizona State and No. 45 Arizona at the Stadium Way Tennis Center April 1-4.
Until realignment went into effect last season, Pac-10 Northern and Southern divisions were separate. The Cougars will host four teams this weekend with Arizona, ASU, Boise State, and No. 31 Oregon in town. Although the Cougars will only compete against the Wildcats, Sun Devils, and Broncos - the Ducks will play the visiting opponents on the WSU home courts.
"We are praying for warmer weather, so that we can play on our own turf," WSU coach Cari Groce said. "It's long overdue and our players are just thrilled to be home playing (after being on the road since March 12)."
Wet and cold weather conditions hampered the Cougars' last home dual versus Oregon March 5. All matches will be moved to the Lewiston Tennis Center in Lewiston, Idaho if the weather is unfavorable.
The Cougars are 0-5 all-time versus both Arizona schools and hold a 4-3 edge over BSU, whom they faced earlier in the fall at the 7th annual Cougar Classic.
"We are playing with a lot of confidence and have come too far this season to let Arizona or anyone else for that matter, get in our way," Groce said.
Tennis Notes...The Cougars defeated 31st-ranked Oregon March 27 improving 4-1 in their last five outings, all which were against nationally-ranked opponents...WSU remains at No. 40 despite those wins..."As long as the NCAA committee thinks we are better, that's all that really matters come tournament time," Groce said...With that said...Factors the NCAA committee takes into consideration for postseason selection are: strength of schedule, wins over ranked opponents, team national ranking, and wins over conference winners...WSU coach Cari Groce will be on the Tuesday Press Conference call at 1:00 p.m.