Cougars Set to Host Hornets

Feb. 4, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash.- The Washington State women'stennis team (3-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10),ranked No. 59 (ITA) nationally, plays hostto No. 45 Sacramento State (1-0 overall,0-0 Big Sky) Saturday at the SimmelinkTennis Court at the Hollinbery Fieldhouse.

Match Against the Hornets - SacrmentoState has started the season with a recordof 1-0 after they rolled over the 44th-rankedPepperdine Wave, 7-0. The Horents are ledby No. 58 Katrina Zheltova who has posted5 victories on the season including an upsetover Florida State's No. 35 Katie Rybakova6-2, 6-4. Saturday's match will markthe fifth meeting between these two squadswith WSU leading the all-time series 4-0.

Last Week - The Cougars traveled Evanston,Ill. to take part in the National IndoorQualifier. This unique event showcases thetop 60 men's and women's varsity teamsin the country squaring off at 15 campussites each. The 15 men's and 15 women'steams to win both of their matches will beinvited to play in the ITA National Team IndoorChampionships, February 13-16. TheCougars started off weekend with a battleagainst Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane won theopening doubles point and then won threesingles matches en route to a 4-0 win. Thesecond match of the weekend consisted ofa back-and-forth battle betweenCougarsand the Lobos. New Mexico won the match4-3 after Manumea Durie defeated JessicaGomez in three sets 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (4).

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

Kamendova Update - Ekaterina Kamendovawas released from the McKay-DeeMedical Center in Ogden, Utah Fridayand has returned to Pullman where shewill continue to recover and be evaluated.

Rankings - After losing matches toboth Tulsa and New Mexico, the Cougarsfell 15 spots in the rankings to No.59 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Associationpoll. Freshman Elisabeth Fournier iscurrently ranked No. 124 while sophomoreEkaterina Kamendova is ranked No.119.

Team Leaders - Freshman ElisabethFournier is leading the way for the Cougarswith a 13-3 record. Sophomore EkaterinaKamendova has a record of 9-2, seniorAleksand Cekic has posted a 9-7 record,sophomore Marina Nicolas has posted a10-5 record, Jessica Gomez has recordeda 9-7 record and Ioana Oprea has earned8 victories.

Next Up - The Cougars will take a week offbefore heading to Euegene, Ore. to take onthe Oregon Ducks Feb. 21 and Ohio StateFeb. 22.

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