No. 42 Cougars Set to Battle NW Foe Oregon

March 22, 2007

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This Week - The Washington State women's tennis team (11-7 overall, 0-4 Pac-10) returns to Pac-10 play against No. 23 Oregon (10-4, 0-2), Sunday, March 25 at noon...match will be played at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse and is free to the public.

Last Time Out - WSU and Oregon met once already during the season in a nonconference match, March 24, at Eugene...Oregon captured the doubles point en route to a 6-1 defeat...Amy Toth earned the lone Cougar victory as she took down Carmen Seremeta in straight-sets, 7-6, 6-4, in the No. 2 slot.

Series with the Ducks - Oregon improved its series record against the Cougars to 32-16 after a 6-1 defeat over WSU earlier in the spring season... WSU and the Ducks have squared off 48 times, which is the most played opponent in Cougar tennis history...last year Oregon defeated WSU twice, 5-2 in its first meeting and 4-3 in the Cougars final match of the season...Oregon is currently riding a five-match win streak against the Cougars...WSU last beat the Ducks, 4-3, March 13, 2004, when Oregon was ranked 23rd.

Double Vision - After a three-set victory over Washington's Melinda Wong, sophomore Aleksandra Cekic entered the double-digit win column...Cekic is the fifth Cougar to capture 10 victories or more this season.

20/20 - For the second consecutive season, Marjolein van de Ven captured her 20th victory of the season after defeating Nicole Briceno of Alabama, 7-6, 6-2...van de Ven leads the team with a 20-9 record ...last season van de Ven earned 24 victories and looks to improve on her previous mark with seven dual matches, Pac-10 Tournament and possibly the NCAA Championships remaining in the schedule.

Hart of the Matter - WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart and her Cougars defeated their third ranked opponent of the season after edging Alabama, 4-3...during her four-year tenure as the head coach of Cougar Tennis, Hart has humbled 11 ranked teams.

Great Toth - Senior Amy Toth captured two victories during spring break's road trip to Alabama and Washington, increasing her career wins mark to 73, which ties her for sixth with Brenda Tate on WSU's career victory list...Toth currently has a record of 15-14 and looks to inch up the record books as another win places her fifth on the wins list.

Naming of the Fieldhouse - WSU is proud to name the tennis courts inside the Hollingbery Fieldhouse, the Simmelink Tennis Courts...courts were named after Cougar supporter Audrey Simmelink for her generosity for not only Cougar tennis, but for all Cougar athletics...an official naming ceremony will take place later this spring.

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