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Cougars Host Ducks in First Home Match of the Season

Women's tennis looks to repeat last year's performance.

March 2, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - It's Duck season for the Cougars as they prepare for their first home match of the year, playing host to regional rival Oregon March 5 at the Stadium Way Tennis Center.

The No. 52 ranked Cougars last competition was Feb. 20. The break provided time to take care of business on and off the court.

"We caught up on our academics first. Second, we continued working on power tennis, stepping up to the ball, and dictating points," WSU coach Cari Groce said. "We still have a lot of tough competition ahead, but this team knows what they have to do to be successful."

The Cougars' No. 1 singles player Erica Perkins is riding a two-match winning streak. The sophomore from Seattle, Wash. defeated two nationally ranked opponents in her last two outings. Perkins is currently ranked No. 95 in the nation in singles.

"Erica's game plan is to remain healthy - she thrives on competition," Groce said. "She is taking one match at a time and enjoying the season."

In the all-time series, Oregon leads 8-15. To even out the record, the Cougars doubled up on the Ducks last season in the wins column and plan to repeat in 1999. Oregon returns five players and has added three freshmen to its lineup.

"We will approach this match like all the others - with determination, confidence, and a sound game plan to take control of the match on the singles court followed by solid doubles play," Groce said.

Time Change...The Cougars will begin match play at noon...Tennis Notes...The No.1 doubles team of Perkins and freshman Sarah Burrows (Lakewood, Colo.) continue to climb the polls and are now tied for 34th in the ITA doubles ranking...WSU coach Cari Groce (1992-present) is tied with former head coach Rex Davis (1983-90) for most coaching victories with 92...A win against the Ducks will make Groce WSU's winningest tennis coach...Groce will be on the Tuesday press conference call at 1:45 p.m.

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