April 13, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Two on-going rivalries will be battled out this week at the Stadium Way Tennis Center.
The 30th-ranked Washington State women's tennis team hosts border rival Idaho Thursday, April 15 and cross-state rival Washington Saturday, April 17 to kick off Mom's Weekend festivities.
Currently, the Cougars (7-10 overall) are 1-6 in Pac-10 play and would like a split this season with the Huskies. UW claimed a victory earlier in the season in Seattle and that's all the motivation the Cougars need to retaliate on their home courts.
"We would like to finish off strong with two wins this weekend and we will see how things play out," WSU coach Cari Groce said.
WSU is gunning for a second straight NCAA regional berth. In 1998, the Cougars made their first tournament appearance. With WSU's steady progress up through the ITA rankings this year (30th is highest in history), postseason is still within reach.
In the all-time series, the Cougars share an even 10-10 record versus unranked Idaho and are 5-18 against the 27th-ranked Huskies.
"We want to finish the season on a high note and we are very capable of doing it," Groce said.
Tennis Notes Both Washington schools boast nationally-ranked players in singles and doubles competitionWazzuThe Cougars are represented in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) top 50 with No. 40 Erica Perkins (Seattle, Wash.) and the duo of Perkins and Sarah Burrows (Lakewood, Colo.) at No. 50UWThe Huskies are led by No. 15 Kristina Kraszewski and No. 96t Zuzana Stunova in singles, while Kraszewski and Ilona Kordonskaya pair up for doubles at No. 25Senior TributeThe final home matches of the season will also mark the last for seniors Andrea Reisz (Pecs, Hungary) and Helen Frankland (Derbyshire, England)WSU coach Cari Groce will be on the Tuesday Press Conference call at 1:10 p.m.