No. 56 Cougars Begin Conference Play

Feb. 14, 2007

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This Week - The Washington State women's tennis team (8-1 overall,0-0 Pac-10), ranked 56th (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) nationally, prepares for its conference opener against No. 48 Arizona (3-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) and No. 24 Arizona State (4-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)...WSU faces the Wildcats Friday, February 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Tucson, Ariz...Cougars will then travel to Tempe, Ariz., for their match against the Sun Devils, Saturday, February 17, at noon...both times Pacific.

Clawing Wildcats - The Arizona Wildcats are led by sophomore Danielle Steinberg, who has played matches in the No. 1 slot...Arizona's biggest threat is its doubles tandems, as two of its pairs are nationally ranked...Steinberg and teammate Juliet Mavroleon are ranked 40th and Kasia Jakowlew and partner Camelia Todorova follow with their 43rd ranking...the Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Cougars 12-1.

Figuring out the Sun Devils - Arizona State enters Saturday's match as the highest ranked opponent WSU has faced thus far...No. 76 Roxanne Clarke leads the way for the Sun Devils, who has three other players ranked in the Top 100...combination of Clarke and Kady Pooler, ranked 8th in doubles, have been the steady anchor for the Sun Devils...ASU lost its first match of the season to Texas, 4-3.

Double the Fun - Last week WSU played in its final home doubleheader of the season against then-ranked 47th Sacramento State and Montana State...Cougars earned double points in both matches and went on against the Hornets to take three single matches to secure the victory, 4-3...WSU cruised past the Bobcats, 7-0, after sweeping the single matches.

Cougar Gold - WSU senior Marjolein van de Ven has been playing lights out tennis with her perfect 9-0 dual match record...she also leads the team with a 16-4 record...followed closely behind is Ekaterina Burduli and her 15-6 record...senior Amy Toth has inched her way into the WSU record books with 70 career wins...she is one win shy of tying Sheryl Traum for eighth place on WSU's all-time wins list.

Ranking Climbers - WSU moved up nine spots in this weeks ITA rankings from 65 to 56... Burduli, after defeating two nationally-ranked opponents during the fall season, is ranked 85th...Toth, van de Ven and Burduli also represented WSU in the regional rankings.

Battle of the Ranked Opponents - WSU will face back-to-back ranked opponents for the first time this year...WSU is 2-0 this season against ranked opponents and during WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart's tenure the Cougars have defeated 10 ranked opponents...last time WSU has won its conference opener was during the 2001-02 season when WSU defeated Oregon, 5-2...highest ranked opponent WSU has ever defeated came against No. 20 California, 5-2, during the 2001-02 season...WSU defeated No. 31 Oregon, 5-4, to win its conference opener over a ranked opponent during the 1998-99 season.

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