Cougars Set to Open Conference Play

Feb. 24, 2009

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This Week - The Washington State women's tennis team (3-7 overall, 0-0 Pac-10), ranked No. 58 (ITA) nationally, will hit the road to take on two top-15 ranked opponents to open Pacific-10 play. The Cougars will travel to Stanford, Calif., to take on No. 11 Stanford (6-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) Friday and No. 3 California (5-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) Saturday, at Berkeley, Calif.

Series with the Cardinal - Ranked No. 11 in the country according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Stanford Cardinal are off to a 6-2 start that includes five wins over ranked opponents. Stanford's only two losses have come against No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 10 University of Miami. Stanford has two players ranked in the top-100 this season, No.14 Hilary Barte and No. 103 Lindsay Burdette. Barte boasts a 17-3 record holding down the No. 1 position, while Burdette has earned an 11-5 record so far this season. The Cardinal lead the all-time series against the Cougars, 15-0.

Series with the Golden Bears - California is one of three Pac-10 teams currently ranked top-10 in the nation according to the ITA. The Bears are holding down the No. 3 position with key wins over No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Clemson, No. 34 University of Washington, No. 42 Long Beach State and No. 63 San Diego State. The Golden Bears boasts five players currently ranked, including two ranked in the top-15. California holds an 11-1 all-time advantage against Washington State.

Last Time Out - The Cougars traveled to Eugene, Ore. to take on No. 45 University of Oregon and No. 36 Ohio State University. Washington State suffered tough losses in both matches, but proved that even during an up and down season, the Cougars still have the heart of a champion. Oregon outlasted the Cougars 7-0, but the score does not tell the whole story. WSU forced three-set matches at the No. 2, No.4 and No.5 slots forcing the Ducks to fight for each and every point. It was the same story against Ohio State as the Cougars fell, 5-2. WSU forced three-set matches at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 positions winning two of the three.

Team Leaders - The Cougars have multiple players who have already recorded double-digit wins this season. Freshman Elisabeth Fournier leads the way for the Cougars with 13 victories, while senior Aleksandra Cekic and sophomore Marina Nicolas have secured 10 wins apiece this season.

Kamendova Update - Ekaterina Kamendova returned to the courts for the first time since suffering a collapsed lung against Weber State, Jan. 22. Kamendova returned to the top of the lineup, but fell in both matches over the weekend to Oregon's 107th-ranked Carmen Seremeta and Ohio State's Kirstin Flower. In doubles play, Kamendova earned two impressive victories, one with teammate Marina Nicolas and the other with senior counterpart Aleksandra Cekic. Kamendova now has a 9-4 singles record and improved her doubles record to 8-6.

Rankings - Washington State dropped one spot from its previous ranking of No. 57 and is now currently ranked No. 58 according to the Feb. 24, Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.

Up Next - After opening Pac-10 play against Stanford and California, WSU will head to Arizona March 6-7, where the University of Arizona and Arizona State await the Cougars.

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