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Cougar Tennis Team Excited About New Players

Four newcomers join the squad for upcoming fall.

The Washington State University women's tennis program has four newcomers joining the 1997-98 Cougar's squad this upcoming fall.

WSU signed Erica Perkins during the early period and Tamara Filipovic, Patrycia Gaydzik and Moniek Van De Ven in the late period.

Perkins, of Seattle, Wash., plays No. 1 singles for University Prep High School. She was the Washington State AB Champion in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Among Perkins' recent victories are the Skagit Valley Open Women's Open Singles, the Chieftain Classic Women's Open Singles, the Portland City Jr. Champs Girl's 18 Singles and the Puyallup Spring Jr. Champs Girl's 18 Singles.

"Erica Perkins' signing is a stepping stone for Cougar tennis," Groce said. "She is one of the best players in the Pacific Northwest. The package that Erica offers to WSU is tremendous."

Filipovic, of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, attended Eleventh High School of Belgrade. While a member of the Partizan Tennis Club, Filipovic ranked fifth nationally in 18 and under singles. Filipovic ranked sixth nationally in 1996 and was a member of the Yugoslavia national team. Filipovic is interested in a journalism degree.

"Tamara Filipovic is a great player in both singles and doubles," Groce said. "She is going to take Cougar tennis to new heights. I can't wait to see her play in the Pac-10."

Gaydzik ranks 380th in the world and has been a member of the Poland National team. Gajozik attended General Education Lyceun.

"Patrycia Gaydzik is a very experienced and seasoned competitor," Groce commented. "We are fortunate to have her in a Cougar uniform as she was recruited by some of the countries best schools."

Van De Ven attended Stellenbosch High School. As a freshman she was C1 player in the Netherlands. Van De Ven was named to the NR. 1 first team her junior and senior year. During the 1995-96 season she was captain of the tennis team.

The Cougars will open competition next fall, September 26-28 in Pullman. The 6th annual Cougar Classic will host teams from Air Force, Colorado State University, Gonzaga University, University of Idaho, University of Montana, Montana State University, University of Portland and Washington State University.

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