April 25, 2001
THIS WEEK: The No. 28 Cougars will join the eight other Pac-10 women's tennis teams as they head to Ojai, Calif., Thursday, April 26 through Sunday April 29 to decide the league's singles and doubles champions.
BACKGORUND ON THE TOURAMENT: In its 101st year, the Ojai tournament consists of a 32-singles draw containing the top three singles players from each of the nine schools sponsoring women's tennis, with five additional competitors selected by the coaches based on overall records. The 16-team doubles draws consist of one doubles team from each school and seven additional invitational teams, based on overall records.
FILIPOVIC, McKENNA, MOURA, PERKINS AND ROGANOVIC TO REPRESENT COUGARS IN PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The top four singles, and the top two doubles teams will compete at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. Junior Erica Perkins, freshman Stacy McKenna, senior Ana Moura, and freshman Zorana Roganovic will take part in singles play while the teams of McKenna and Moura and Perkins and senior Tamara Filipovic will be take part in doubles.
HEAD COACH CARI GROCE ON THE TOURNAMENT: "This is a chance for those on the bubble to make a name for themselves. Ana Moura has been playing strong all season for us at No. 3. This is her opportunity to take a stab at other teams' No. 1 and No.2 players to see if she can get an NCAA bid."
LAST WEEK: No. 13 Washington defeated the Cougars 4-3. Moura and McKenna upset Washington's No. 11 ranked duo of Kristina Kraszewski and Darija Klaic 8-2.
NEXT WEEK: The Cougars find out if they have earned the opportunity to compete in the NCAA tournament. The NCAA selection show is scheduled for Thursday, May 3 at 2:30 PDT.
COACH GROCE ON THE SEASON: "We have to keep reminding the team that we still have four weeks to go. The natural momentum is to slow down as the rest of the campus slows down after finals. We have worked too hard to stop short, so we have to keep reminding the team that even though the rest of the campus is winding down, our vacation doesn't start for another month."
COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: The WSU Cougars have moved up to No. 28 in the latest ITA rankings. Junior Erica Perkins moved up to No. 36 in singles. Moura and McKenna hold down the No. 29 doubles position. Perkins and Filipovic occupy the No. 39 doubles position.
STANFORD CAPTURES THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: With an unblemished 8-0 Pac-10 record, Stanford captured the Pac-10 women's tennis team title for the 14th consecutive year.