Highlights Cougar Tennis Banquet

May 2, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomores Ekaterina Kamendova, Marina Nicolas, Jessica Casebier and Jessica Gómez Velázquez, along with freshman Elisabeth Fournier, all received team awards to highlight the Washington State women's tennis team end of the season banquet, head coach Lisa Hart recently announced.

Fournier captured the team Most Valuable Player Award, while Kamendova and Casebier earned the Strength and Condition Award, Nicolas, the Academic Excellence Award and Gomez Velázquez the Caoches Award.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, Fournier led the team with a 22-15 record and posted 12 doubles victories this past season. It marked the most the wins by a freshman since Chris Martinez had 22 during the 2001-02 season. She also captured the No. 2 singles championship at the Cougar Classic.

Nicolas, civil engineering major from Zaragoza, Spain, posted a 17-18 record this past season. It marks the highest win total so far in her WSU career. She played mostly in four and five slots in the Cougar lineup, posting an 11-14 dual match record. She secured the championship at the No. 3 singles position at the Cougar Classic, which is the second Cougar Classic Championship of her WSU Career.

A native of Moscow, Russia, Kamendova held down the No. 1 slot in the Cougars lineup posting a 14-17 overall record. She captured the No. 1 singles championships at the Cougar Classic last fall and earned a season high five-match winning streak during dual match play. Her biggest win of the season came with a strong three-set performance against No. 103 Ola Abou-Zekry, 6-1, 0-6, 6-1.

Casebier, a sophomore from Newman Lake, Wash., compiled a 1-4 record on the season for the Cougars. She competed at the Cougar Classic in the No. 4 singles flight and competed at the 2009 Pacific-10 Championships. She battled through a knee injury which limited her progress during her sophomore season.

A native of Guadalupe, Mexico, Gomez posted a 12-16 singles record, mainly at the No. 6 position. She earned a team-high 13 doubles victories, including five wins while paired with Marina Nicolas and five wins with Elisabeth Fournier. Gomez surged into the semifinals of the No. 3 singles flight at the Cougar classic and compiled two three-match winning streaks on the season for the Cougars.

The Cougars completed their season with an 8-18 record and posted a 1-7 conference record.

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