November 3, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - Time has flown by for the Washington State women's tennis team. The Cougars head down to the Rolex Regionals in Palo Alto, Calif. Nov. 5-8 to wrap up its fall season.
Washington State faces tough west regional competition from several opponents ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason poll. Nearly 25 percent of the Top 100 singles players in the nation come from the west region, with the majority being members of the Pac-10 conference. In doubles competition, two teams from the west region are ranked in the Top 10.
Heading into this week's tournament, sophomore Patrycja Gajdzik (Szczecin, Poland) remains at No. 99 in the nation in singles.
The entire team will travel to participate in both singles and doubles competition. Four Cougar doubles teams are slated to play. However, the doubles combinations may change from previous matches.
"We are kind of up in the air with the doubles combination in No. 2, 3, and possibly 4," WSU coach Cari Groce said. "There may be some changes with maneuvering people around. The team of Erica Perkins and Sarah Burrows is solid, so they will be in there at No. 1."
Perkins (Seattle, Wash.) and Burrows (Lakewood, Colo.) have combined for the second best doubles record with 6-2. Sophomore Moniek Van de Ven (Cape Town, South Africa) and junior Melissa Pine (Newfoundland, Canada) hold the best with 6-1.
With the fall season winding down, preseason rankings for the spring season are on the Cougars' minds.
"These results play a heavy part on the national rankings and also on how the individuals do," Groce said. "They (ITA) will evaluate each team individually, based on their individual results and decide on whether your team should be ranked for the team rankings. They will also form the regional rankings from this event."
Sixteen schools will be in attendance, along with defending national champion Stanford.
The Taube Family Tennis Stadium hosts the ITA regional tournament, which serves as a qualifier for the Rolex Indoor Championships in February. The singles and doubles champions automatically qualify, while at-large berths are awarded to two top finishers.
Tennis Notes ... WSU coach Cari Groce will be on the Tuesday press conference call at 1:50 p.m.