Cougar Tennis Returns to the Court against No. 10 USC

March 25, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team will take the week off before returning to action April 3-5, when No. 10 USC, No. 9 UCLA and No. 51 San Diego travel to Pullman to take on the Cougars at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

The Cougars have been on a recent hot streak winning four of their last five matches. Victories over Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Hawaii-Pacific have given the Cougars a late season burst of confidence before WSU's final three Pacific-10 matches begin April 3, against No. 10 USC.

Washington State was able to outlast the Oregon Ducks and pick up its first conference victory of the season, March 13, in Pullman. Behind the strong play of senior Aleksandra Cekic, the Cougars grabbed four of the six singles matches to earn the victory, 4-3.

Earning back-to-back victories for the first time since January, the Cougars swept Montana March 14, 7-0. Ekaterina Kamendova and Marina Nicolas competed in three-set matches at the No. 1 and No. 4 slots for the Cougars. Kamendova and Nicolas were able outlast their opponents contributing to the sweep of the Grizzlies.

The Cougars jumped out to the early lead after winning two doubles matches earning the opening point against Wyoming. Washington State went on to capture four singles victories en route to the victory, 5-2.

WSU cruised to its fourth-straight win with an impressive victory over the Hawaii-Pacific Sea Warriors in Honolulu, Hawaii, 6-1. The Sea Warriors were able to grab the opening doubles point, but the Cougars went on to sweep all six singles matches securing the team's seventh victory of the season.

The week off will give the team some much needed rest before returning to the court for five matches in a seven day period.
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