Aug. 31, 2003
DAEGU, South Korea -- Washington State tennis player Lorena Arias earned a bronze medal for Mexico in women's doubles at the World University Games last week.
Arias, a senior from Mexico City, teamed with Erika Valdes to capture the first women's tennis medal for Mexico in history of the World University Games.
The tandem had a first round bye followed by two wins in the second round and quarterfinal. Arias/Valdes defeated Lauren Breadmore/Amanda Grahame of Australia in the second round, 5-7, 7-5, 8-6 after trailing 5-2 in the second set. After posting a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Anne Marie Hogan/Eimear Sloan of Ireland in the quarterfinals, Arias/Valdes were knocked off in the semifinals round 6-3, 6-4 by Chin-Wei Chan/Chia-Jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei.
Arias also competed in mixed doubles competition. Paired up with Carlos Lozano the duo had first and second round wins in straight sets over Mohamed Bodekji/Hazar Sidki of Syrian Arab Republic and Hillary Joseph Kumwenda/Natasha Chiboma of Zambia. The Mexican tandem was defeated in the quarterfinals round by Igor Zelenay/Stanislava Hrozenska of Slovakia.
Arias, was one of 92 women from 45 countries in the tennis competition. She has 50 singles victories in her Cougar career, including 16 during the 2002-03 season. She is seven wins shy of the WSU career top 10 and needs 14 to reach the Cougar top five list.