Women's Tennis Travels to Eugene

Feb. 18, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team (3-5 overall, 0-0 Pac-10), ranked No. 59 (ITA) nationally, travels to Eugene, Ore. to take on No. 46 University of Oregon (5-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) Friday and No. 38 Ohio State University (3-5 overall) Saturday, at the Student Tennis Center.

Series against the Ducks - Oregon has posted a 5-2 record this season including impressive victories over No. 39 Colorado, 4-3, and over No. 49 New Mexico, 5-2. The Ducks are led by 107th-ranked Carmen Seremeta who has a 4-2 record so far in singles play. The Ducks lead the all-time series 32-18, splitting the season series last year. This will be a nonconference matchup as the two squads will meet for a second time March 13, in Pullman.

Series with the Buckeyes - Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 3-5 record including a strong victory over No. 31 University of South Carolina. Ohio State is in the midst of a four-match losing streak against four teams ranked in the top 45 in the nation losing three of the four by a score of 4-3 and losing the fourth match 4-2. The Buckeyes are led by junior Kirsten Flower who has held down the No. 1 spot for Ohio State earning four singles victories so far this spring. The series between the Ohio State and Washington State is tied a one win apiece.

Last Time Out - Two weeks ago the Cougars hosted No. 43 Sacramento State at the Simmelink Tennis Court at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. The Hornets proved to be too much for Cougars handing them their fifth straight loss, 6-1. Senior Aleksandra Cekic picked up the lone victory for the Cougars with a three-set victory over Aileen Tsan, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Freshman Elisabeth Fournier made No. 58 Katrina Zheltova earn a tough victory winning the first set of the match, 6-4. Zheltova then had to battle back winning the next two to earn the victory over No. 124 Fournier.

Senior Power - There is one player that seems to remain constant during the Cougars up and down season, senior Aleksandra Cekic. She has turned up her play and is now second on the team in wins with 10. Her last victory against Sacramento State's Aileen Tsan was her third singles victory of the season and she now has won singles matches at the second, third and fourth positions. Cekic now has 63 career singles victories.

Freshmen Sensations- Elisabeth Fournier and Ioana Oprea have become some of the top players on the team. With 13 and 8 wins respectively, the tandem has been a vital part of the team this season. Fournier is leading the team in singles victories while Oprea is tied for first on the team with 8 doubles victories.

Kamendova Update - Ekaterina Kamendova is back in Pullman and is continuing her recovery process for a collapsed lung suffered during a match at Weber State, Jan. 22. She will continue to be evaluated and will work toward returning to the court.

Rankings - After having the week off, the Cougars remain ranked at No. 59 according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Sophomore Ekaterina Kamendova still holds down the No. 119 position while freshman teammate Elisabeth Fournier is currently ranked No. 124.

Up Next for the Cougs- The Cougars will take on Stanford and California in the first Pac-10 matches of the season. WSU will take on Stanford Friday, Feb. 27 at Stanford, Calif. Then WSU will head to Berkeley, Calif. Saturday, Feb. 28, to take on California.

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