This Week In Cougar Athletics History
April 26, 2003
Led by the ninth place effort by Kim Welch, the Cougars finished the Pacific-10 Championships in seventh place at the Trysting Tree Golf Club at Corvallis, Ore.
WSU's seventh place finish is the best finish in school history by a women's golf team, and also the first time all year the Cougars have toppled the cross-state rival Washington Huskies, who were ranked 20th nationally coming in, and finished in eighth place. WSU came out firing, shooting six shots better than in the second round with a 303, while recording nine birdies, and 30 pars.
Welch made history once again for the Cougars, completing the event in ninth place, the highest Pac-10 finish by a WSU female golfer since the inception of the program.
Welch, a native of Sacramento, Calif., was the only player to break par on a wet and windy Saturday, firing a 70, and recording birdies on four of her last five holes. Welch now holds the school career mark for Top 10 finishes at 13, breaking the tie at 12 with Tasha Browner (1998-2002).
April 21, 2002
The No. 30 Washington State women's tennis team finished out its regular season by defeating the No. 44 Oregon Ducks 4-3 in dramatic fashion.
With the match score tied at 3-3, Cougar sophomore Lorena Arias beat Oregon's Vickie Gunnarsson 7-6, 6-1 at No. 4 singles to give WSU the victory.
Thanks to Arias' heroics, Washington State won its second straight match and ended Oregon's run of six consecutive victories. In addition, the Ducks became the seventh ranked team the Cougars have defeated this season.
"It was a great college tennis match," said Washington State Head Coach Cari Groce. "It came down to the last match and Lorena (Arias) won it for us. It was a great team effort and I'm glad we beat a tough Oregon team."
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