April 6, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team will host first time home meetings against No. 14 Southern California and No. 4 UCLA at the Stadium Way Tennis Center Thursday, April 8 and Sunday, April 11.
The Cougars (7-8) have reached new heights. In the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released Tuesday, the Cougars climbed to No. 30 in the nation. This is the highest team ranking to-date.
"It seems like every year we are coming closer and closer to our goal," WSU assistant coach Jackie Booth said. "We have shown we can compete as a top 30 team and I think we will continue to climb."
With the new ranking in hand, the Cougars have the credentials to prove to the Bruins and Women of Troy that they can compete against nationally ranked opponents.
WSU is 0-5 all-time against UCLA and 0-4 with USC. Last season, the Cougars lost a close match to then 16th-ranked Bruins 4-5 in Los Angeles. In the past, the Cougars played both of the Pac-10 conference schools at their home facilities in California.
"We still look forward to having our home court advantage," Booth said. "These teams are even tougher than the teams we played last weekend and if we want to further our season to NCAA regionals, we have to produce an upset."
Sophomore Erica Perkins (Seattle, Wash.) is ranked No. 40 in singles, while the Cougar doubles team of Perkins and Sarah Burrows (Lakewood, Colo.) are situated at No. 50...Weather conditions in Pullman have caused the last two matches to be moved to the Lewiston Tennis Center in Lewiston, Idaho...In case of inclement weather, this week's matches will be moved to the facility...WSU coach Cari Groce will be on the Tuesday Press Conference call at 1:30 p.m.