Cougars Set to Host Three Home Matches

March 10, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash.- The Washington State women's tennis team (3-11 overall, 0-4 Pac-10), will begin its first home stand in over a month as the Cougars l host No. 25 Boise State, Wednesday March 11, No. 46 Oregon, Friday March 13, and Montana Saturday March 14.

Series with the Broncos- No. 25 Boise State has posted a 12-2 record so far this season. The Broncos have defeated five ranked teams and are currently in the midst of a five-match winning streak. Leading the way is No. 96 Pichittra Thongdach with an 18-6 overall record while holding down the No. 1 spot in the lineup. The Cougars lead the all-time series with the Broncos, 12-4. The last time these two teams met, WSU defeated BSU 4-3, Feb. 20, 2008.

Taking on the Ducks- The Cougars will take on the No. 46 Ducks for the second time this season. This match will count towards both teams conference record. The first match, which was played, Feb. 20 at Oregon, ended with the Ducks beating the Cougars, 7-0. Oregon has posted a 7-6 record so far this season and has lost three in a row to teams ranked in the top-20 in the nation. Oregon is led by senior Carmen Seremeta who holds down the No. 1 spot in a lineup and has earned nine victories so far this season. Oregon leads the all-time series against the Cougars, 33-18.

Scouting Montana- The Grizzlies have posted a 3-4 record so far this season. After starting the year 3-1, Montana has lost three straight before meeting up with the Cougars. Montana is led by senior Liz Walker who is holding down the top-spot for the Grizzlies and has registered seven victories on the season. The last time these teams met was Feb. 26, 2005, which resulted in a Washington State victory, 6-1. The Cougars lead the all-time series against Montana, 23-4.

Last Time Out- Last week, the Cougars traveled to Arizona where both Arizona and Arizona State were waiting. In the first match of the weekend, Washington State battled Arizona. The Wildcats ended up with the victory after sweeping the doubles matches, earning the opening point. Arizona went on to win five of the six remaining singles matches earning the victory, 6-1. The lone WSU win came when Bianca Selaru downed Jan Huh in a three-set marathon at the No. 6 position, 2-6, 7-5, 10-6. The second match of the weekend was against No. 16 Arizona State. The Sun Devils won the opening doubles point over the Cougars and then won all six singles matches to earn the victory. Freshman Elisabeth Fournier made her opponent, No. 71 Micaela Hein, fight for a victory at No. 3. Hein squeaked out the win in three sets, 2-6, 7-6, 10-7.

Senior Sensation- Aleksandra Cekic is closing in on the all-time top-10 list for career singles victories. Cekic boasts 63 career singles victories just eight shy of Sheryl Traum who is tenth on the all-time list with 71.

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. Senior Aleksandra Cekic and sophomore Marina Nicolas have secured 10 wins apiece so far during dual-match play.

Up Next - After the upcoming home stand, the Cougars will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to take on Wyoming, Hawaii-Pacific and Hawaii.

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