Cougars Return From Week Off to Take On USC, UCLA and San Diego

March 31, 2009

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This Week - The Washington State women's tennis team (7-13 overall, 1-4 Pac-10), will host No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 USC and No. 51 San Diego, April 3-5, at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

First up USC - The No. 10 Trojans have produced a 15-2 record this season with 13 coming against teams ranked in the top-55, and four over teams ranked in the top-15. USC boasts five players ranked in the top-65 according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, including No. 13 Maria Sanchez, who has earned 21 singles victories and 22 doubles victories on the season. Last week, the Trojans broke a 50-match losing streak to Stanford, downing the Cardinal, 5-2. USC leads that all-time series against the Cougars 14-0.

Taking on UCLA - The Bruins are currently ranked No. 9 in the country and have earned a 13-5 record this season. UCLA is in the midst of a three-match losing streak, falling to No. 4 Baylor, No. 11 Stanford and No. 8 California. The Bruins have three players who are ranked according to the ITA, No. 16 Yasmin Schnack, No. 45 Andrea Remynse and No. 80 Maya Johansson. UCLA holds a 14-1 all-time advantage against the Cougars. The lone Cougars victory came during the 2001 season when the Cougars downed the Bruins, 4-3.

Scouting San Diego - The Toreros have posted a 9-6 record this season. After starting the season 5-0, San Diego has gone 4-6 in its last 10 matches. San Diego has three victories over teams ranked by the ITA, including a victory over No. 39 Sacramento State. The Toreros lead the all-time series against the Cougars, 5-3. The last meeting between these two squads was March 6, 2004, when San Diego defeated Washington State, 4-3, in Pullman.

Last Time Out - In recent action, WSU traveled to Hawaii to play Wyoming, Hawaii-Pacific and Hawaii. In the first match of the road trip, the Cougars grabbed a, 5-2, victory over a short-handed Cowboy's. The Cougars earned the opening doubles point and then went on to win four of the six singles matches o secure the victory. Washington State downed Hawaii-Pacific in the second match, 6-1. The Cougars were able to sink the Sea Warriors after sweeping all six singles matches en route to their fourth straight victory. In the final match of the road trip, WSU suffered a tough loss to Hawaii, 4-3. The singles matches were played first and the Cougars won three out of the six, which left the match tied at, 3-3. Hawaii went on to clinch the victory winning two of three doubles matches earning the doubles point and the overall victory.

Senior Leadership - Aleksandra Cekic has cemented herself at the No. 2 slot in the Cougars lineup and has posted a 6-4 record while playing in that position. The WSU senior is tied for second on the team with 15 singles victories as well as tied for second with nine doubles wins.

Freshman Sensation - Elisabeth Fournier leads Washington State with 19 singles victories on the season. Playing mostly at the No. 3 position in the Cougars lineup, Fournier is currently working on a six match winning streak. The WSU freshman has also captured 10 doubles victories on the season.

Tennis Kick-off Party - The Washington State women's tennis team will be hosting a Tennis Kick-Off Party April 10, 2009, from 4-7 p.m. The event will be hosted at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts and is open to all students, faculty, staff and Pullman community. The price is free and a Wilson Sporting Goods Representative will be attending so participants can try all the newest and latest Wilson gear. Free pizza and prizes will be provided to all participants.

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