Cougars Set to Host Eastern Washington and UC Santa Barbara

April 7, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team will host UC Santa Barbara and Eastern Washington in its final home matches of the season, Thursday, April 9, at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

About the Eagles - Eastern will enter the match against Washington State with an 8-8 record. The Eagles snapped a three-match skid with a, 5-2, victory over Grand Canyon University, March 25. Eastern Washington has three players who have recorded double-digit wins this season. The Cougars lead the all-time series with the Eagles, 25-2. The last time these two squads met was January 17, 2008, when the Cougars won, 7-0, in Pullman. EWU has not beat WSU since the 1984-85 season, when they won by a score of, 7-2.

Taking on the Gauchos - UC Santa Barbara will enter the match Thursday with 9-5 record including an 8-2 record over the last 10 games. The last time these two teams met, the Cougars downed the Gauchos, 5-2. The Cougars led the all-time series against UCSB, 3-1.

Senior Day - The Cougars will be recognizing seniors Aleksandra Cekic and Bianca Selaru at a ceremony prior to the Eastern Washington match beginning at 5:45 p.m. This will be their last home match as Cougars. The match will begin at 6 p.m. it's regularly scheduled time.

Last Time Out- Last week, the Cougars hosted three home matches. On Friday, the Cougars battled No. 7 USC. The Trojans started hot and were able to outlast the Cougars, 7-0. In the second match of the weekend, the Cougars faced their second top-15 team in as many days, No. 12 UCLA. The Bruins were able to jump out to the early led by winning the opening doubles point. UCLA went on to win all six singles matches earning the victory, 7-0. In the final match of the weekend, Washington State faced No. 54 San Diego. The Toreros jumped out to the early, 1-0, lead after winning each doubles match to grab the opening point. Aleksandra Cekic and Ioana Oprea picked up the only two victories for the Cougars, but it was not enough as WSU fell, 5-2.

Steady Senior - Aleksandra Cekic has cemented herself at the No. 2 slot in the Cougars lineup and has earned 7singles victories while playing in that position. The WSU senior is second on the team with 16 singles victories and has recorded nine doubles wins. This last weekend, Cekic was up, 0-6, 6-4, 1-0, before Maja Sujica retired, handing the victory to Cekic and stopping a two game skid.

Freshman Sensation - Elisabeth Fournier leads Washington State with 19 singles victories on the season, playing mostly at the No. 3 position slot in the Cougars lineup. The WSU freshman has also captured 11 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.

Up Next - Washington State will finish off its dual match schedule April 18, against in-state rival the No. 31 Washington Huskies, in Seattle.

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