October 13, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - After dominating play at the 7th Annual Cougar Classic this past weekend, the Washington State women's tennis team is up for two new challenges ahead.
Six Cougars will compete in the Riviera All-American Invitational Oct. 17-25. The All-American is one of the biggest tournaments of the fall season and will be held in Los Angeles, Calif.
WSU sends two sets of doubles teams and five singles participants. In prequalifying doubles, senior Andrea Reisz (Pecs, Hungary) and sophomore Tamara Filipovic (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) will lead the way followed by the team of sophomore Erica Perkins (Seattle, Wash.) and Sarah Burrows (Lakewood, Colo.). Reisz/Filipovic have combined for the second best Cougar doubles record this season with three wins and no losses. Perkins/Burrows hold a 2-1 record.
"Our two doubles teams making the trip are looking really good. The top two teams have a chance to play extremely well and pick up some good wins," WSU coach Cari Groce said. "We are playing solid doubles right now. I am really happy with the way we are playing, not necessarily combination, but by the way every one of our players are attacking the game and playing it the way it is supposed to be played."
In prequalifying singles competition, Filipovic, Perkins, and sophomore Patrycja Gajdzik (Szczecin, Poland) are holding court for the Cougars. Gajdzik is currently ranked No. 99 in the nation in singles according to the ITA rankings. Reisz and junior Melissa Pine (Newfoundland, Canada) have an outside chance for prequalifying singles as well.
"In singles we will just have to see," Groce said. "We have the capability to do well."
The rest of the team heads over to Seattle for the University of Washington Invitational Oct. 23-25. Once again, the Cougars will meet up with Boise State, who handed WSU the toughest competition at both the Cougar Classic and Brigham Young Invitational. This will also be the first meeting this year against rival Washington, after claiming a 6-3 victory over the No. 44 Huskies last spring.
"It is going to be a real good test for us as well and we will be able to go in with a lot of confidence," Groce said. "We should see some really good matches."
TENNIS NOTES...WSU coach Cari Groce will be on the Tuesday press conference call at 1:50 p.m.