Cougar Tennis Adds Three to Incoming Class

March 9, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Three talented junior tennis players from the United States will be attending Washington State University and competing for the women's tennis program starting in the fall of 2009, Washington State Head Coach Lisa Hart announced today. The trio joins Ksenia Googe and Liudmila Vasilieva, who signed National Letters of Intent last November.

Cara Brown, Jackie Owens and Erin Troedson will bring added talent and depth to a Cougar team that is already filled with talented sophomores and freshmen.

'We are thrilled that Erin, Jackie and Cara will be joining our program in August,' Cougar Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'Their collective athletic ability, character and positive attitude will undoubtedly help us reach our goals. We are eager to begin working with these young women and are excited about all they will bring to WSU and Cougar Tennis.'

Brown will be coming to Pullman from South Bend, Ind., where she received All-Northern Indiana Conference First Team honors her junior year. She held down the No. 1 singles position on her high school team for three seasons and was a three-time team MVP.

'Cara has the right attitude for college tennis,' Hart said. 'She is willing to do anything and put any amount of time on the court to reach her goals. We are excited to begin working with Cara to develop her game and reach her potential.'

Owens resides in Maui, Hawaii, and boasts many national accomplishments which include a No. 118 United States Tennis Association ranking in 2008, a No. 1 ranking in the Hawaii Pacific Section and a No. 85 USTA ranking in 2007. She was the captain of her high school team beginning her freshman year, continuing through her senior season. Owens competed in the finals at the 2008 Hawaii High School State Championships and posted a third-place finish at the 2007 Hawaii High School State Championships.

'Jackie's tenacious mentality on the court will serve our team well in practice and matches,' Hart said. 'As the valedictorian of her senior class, Jackie's dedication to academics equals her commitment to tennis. We are looking forward to Jackie's presence in our program.'

A native of Portola Valley, Calif., Troedson was ranked No.7 in doubles and No. 18 in singles in Northern Calif. Also, Troedson produced a national singles ranking of No. 356. She earned West Catholic Athletic League First Team in 2005, WCAL Honorable Mention in 2006, WCAL Second Team in 2007, as well as winning the WCAL doubles championship in 2007.

'Erin has a huge game that we are excited to help develop,' Hart said. 'She has the skills to become a great doubles and singles player at the collegiate level. We are thoroughly impressed with Erin's attitude and commitment towards our program and are looking forward to the contributions she will make to our team.'

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