Cougars Wrap Up Season at Pacific-10 Championships

April 21, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team will travel to the 109th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament in Ojai, Calif., to compete in the 2009 Pacific-10 Women's Tennis Championships, April 23-26.

The Pac -10 Tournament - The tournament consists of individual singles and doubles matches broken into Championship and Invitational brackets. All the draws and results are available at ojaitourney.com, results will also be posted on www.wsucougars.com at the completion of each day.

Top-Ranked Conference - The Pac-10 boasts eight teams ranked in the top-75 according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. This includes six teams holding down spots in the top-30. Leading the way is No. 8 California, followed by No. 9 USC, No. 10 UCLA, No. 12 Stanford, No. 29 Arizona State, No. 30 Washington, No. 64 Oregon and No. 68 Arizona.

Last Year - When the Cougars competed in the Pac-10 Championships last season, they sent two players into the second and third rounds, as well as a doubles team that surged into the semifinals. Ekaterina Kamendova made her way into the second round of the Championship flight before falling to Arizona State's Nadia Abdala, who was ranked No. 28 at the time. Bianca Selaru cruised through her first two matches, earning a spot in the third round. Micaela Hein outlasted Selaru in the quarterfinals of the Invitational Bracket ending her run in the Pac-10 Championships. In doubles play, Aleksandra Cekic and Aleksandra Stefanova propelled themselves through the first two rounds earning victories over Ashlee Brown and Lauren Megale of Arizona State and upsetting the No. 3 seed in the Invitational Bracket which consisted of Oregon's Claudia Hirt and Carmen Seremeta. The WSU tandem suffered a tough loss in the semifinals to Rachael Dillon and Daron Moore of California, 8-6, ending any chance for a WSU individual or doubles team to win a championship.

Last Time Out - Last Saturday, the Cougars traveled to Seattle for a match against the No. 30 Washington Huskies. The Cougars were outlasted by their cross-state rivals, 6-1, in a match that concluded that regular season for Washington State. UW jumped out to the early lead after earning victories at each doubles position, grabbing the opening point. In singles action, the Huskies were able to slip by the Cougars earning wins at five of the six singles slots. Washington States lone win came as freshman Elisabeth Fournier earned a victory over Lina Xu in a three-set match. Fournier surged to the early lead winning the opening set, but fell in a second-set allowing Xu to tie the match a one-set a piece. Fournier cruised through the third-set tiebreaker to secure her 22nd victory of the season.

Team Leaders - Elisabeth Fournier leads Washington State with 22-13 record on the season, playing mostly at the No. 3 slot in the Cougars lineup. She is playing at the top of her game winning seven of her last 10 matches. The WSU freshman has also captured 12 doubles victories this season. Aleksandra Cekic is second on the team with 18 victories. The 18 wins ties a career high for the senior who has recorded double digit wins in each of her four seasons in a Cougar uniform. Sophomore Marina Nicolas is third on the team with 16 wins and has secured 10 doubles wins for the Cougars. Ekaterina Kamendova has earned 13 wins while playing at the No. 1 spot in the Cougars lineup and compliments that with nine doubles wins.

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