Cougars Travel to National Indoor Qualifier

Jan. 27, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University tennis team, ranked No. 44 (ITA) nationally will travel to the National Indoor Qualifier, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, at Chicago. The Cougars will compete in a four-team division where the one team who wins both of their matches will advance to the National Indoor Championship.

About the National Indoor Qualifier - This unique event showcases the top 60 men's and women's varsity teams in the country squaring off at 15 campus sites each. The 15 men's and 15 women's teams to win both of their matches will be invited to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, February 13-16. WSU will take on Tulsa Jan. 31, the winner of that match will take on the winner of Northwestern and New Mexico.

First up, Tulsa - The Golden Hurricane finished last season with a 22-6 record, earning a bid to the NCCA Championship. Tulsa fell in the second round, when No. 5 Baylor posted a 4-1, victory. Led by No. 82 (ITA) Alexandra Kichoutkin, the Golden Hurricane have earned a 3-1 dual match record so far in 2009. This will be the first meeting between Washington State and Tulsa.

About Northwestern - Northwestern is currently ranked No. 1 in the country and boasts five players ranked in the top 100. Led by Maria Mosolova and Georgia Rose ranked No. 6 and No. 11 respectively, the Wildcats will open the 2009 season at the National Indoor Qualifier. Last season Northwestern finished 29-2 and was beaten by California in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats were ranked No. 1 at the time while the Golden Bears were ranked No. 2.

About New Mexico - New Mexico is currently ranked No. 49 according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Lobos hold a 7-3 all-time advantage against the Cougars. The last time the two teams met in a duel match was, March 16, 2004, New Mexico downed WSU 4-3. During fall play, the Cougars earned six out of seven victories in singles and picked up one victory against New Mexico in doubles at the Jack Taylor Classic. Kamendova defeated No. 103 Ola Abou-Zekry, 6-1, 0-6, 6-1 to lead the Cougars. The Lobos have posted a 1-1 record so far this season.

Last Week - The Cougars traveled to Utah where they took on three different teams, in three different cities, over the span of three straight days. First the Cougars faced off against Weber State, shutting out the Wildcats 7-0. Next WSU traveled to No. 50 University of Utah, but the Utes proved to be too much and defeated the Cougars, 5-2. During the last leg of the trip, WSU went up against No. 47 BYU Cougars, the Cougars downed WSU, 6-1.

WSU Tennis Clinic - The Washington State University tennis team will be hosting a tennis clinic in Honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Feb. 4, 2009, from 6-7 p.m. The clinic will be free and open to any female and any age may come and participate.

Kamendova Update - During last Wednesday's tennis match against Weber State, Washington State University sophomore Ekaterina Kamendova was rushed to the

Hospital following her doubles match with what doctors discovered was a collapsed lung. Kamendova underwent surgery Wednesday at McKay-Dee Medical Center in Ogden, Utah to re-inflate the lung. There is no timetable for when she will return to the court.

Team Leaders - Freshman Elisabeth Fournier is leading the way for the Cougars with a 12-3 record. She has a winning percentage of .800, highest on the team. Sophomore Ekaterina Kamendova has a record of 9-2, senior Aleksandra Cekic has posted a 9-6 record, sophomore Marina Nicolas has posted an 8-5 record, Jessica Gomez has recorded a 9-5 record and Ioana Oprea has earned 7 victories.

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