April 18, 2001
THIS WEEK: The Cougars will end their home stretch and regular season play as they host Pac-10 rival and 16th-ranked Huskies of Washington. The match will take place Saturday, April 21 at noon at the Stadium Way Tennis Courts.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES: The Huskies have fallen from No. 13 to No. 16 in the latest ITA ranking. The Huskies are currently 17-7 overall, 7-2 in the Pac-10. Washington is led by No. 12 Kristina Kraszewski, who is 22-11 overall. She is joined by No. 42 Claire Carter, who is 24-6 overall, and No.83 Darija Klaic, who is 8-8 overall. Klaic and Kraszewski are holding down the No. 11 doubles position, and Carter and Ilona Kordonskaya are in the No. 23 doubles position. The Cougars are 6-21 all time against the Huskies.
HEAD COACH CARI GROCE ON THIS SEASON: "I thought this was going to be a rough year. I knew the seniors would be strong, but I wasn't going to put any pressure on Erica (Perkins) because she was coming off of a rough injury, and I had no idea our freshmen would perform this well. I never perceived we would be 11-7 right now. I am so pleased. This team has far exceeded any goals I had set for them."
WSU PAYS TRIBUTE TO SENIORS: This match will mark the end of the regular season careers for seniors Ana Maria Moura, Moniek van de Ven and captain Tamara Filipovic. WSU will pay tribute to these three seniors in a ceremony during the Washington match.
LAST WEEK: No. 19 USC defeated the Cougars 4-3 in a match hosted by the Cougars Friday in Lewiston, Idaho. The Cougars then defeated the Bruins of UCLA for the first time in the history of the program Saturday. Freshman Stacy McKenna came back from a 2-5 deficit to defeat UCLA Catherine Howley in the Cougars 4-3 victory over the Bruins.
NEXT WEEK: The Cougars will travel to Ojai, Calif. to compete in the Pac-10 Championships.
COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: The WSU Cougars have moved up to No. 28 in the latest ITA rankings. Junior Erica Perkins fell to No. 38 in the singles. Moura and McKenna join Perkins, as they are rankded 21st doubles position. Perkins and Filipovic are currently holding the No. 33 doubles position.