Cougar Tennis to Dedicate Courts

Sept. 28, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University Director of Athletics Jim Sterk will be on hand Saturday morning when Washington State University officially dedicates the tennis courts inside Hollingbery Fieldhouse as 'The Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.'

The dedication ceremony will honor Cougar supporter Audrey Simmelink for her generosity not only for Cougar tennis, but for all Cougar athletics.

'Audrey Simmelink has been a tremendous supporter of Cougar athletics throughout the years, especially women's tennis,' said Sterk. 'She has developed lasting relationships with some of our student-athletes over the years, making frequent trips from her home in Kennewick to Pullman in support of the Cougars.

In 2005 Simmelink established an endowed scholarship for a member of the Cougar tennis team. In addition, she contributed to the renovation of the indoor tennis facility at Hollingbery Fieldhouse, a project that was completed in the summer of 2006.

Over the years the fieldhouse served as the indoor training facility for tennis, track and field, rowing, and baseball. Following the renovation, tennis became the facility's primary resident and will serve as home to the Cougar tennis team during inclement weather.

Improvements for the facility included a resurfacing of the courts with the PlexiPave Surface system. The system meets NCAA and Pac-10 standards for play. Additionally, the number of courts was decreased from five to four, allowing for maximum area in between courts.

An upgraded lighting system allows for multiple light levels depending upon scheduled events. The system is on a sensor that allows the lights to maximize energy efficiency while maintaining consistent light level throughout the facility.