WSU Tennis Faces Two Nationally-Ranked Teams in Pullman

Jan. 20, 2010

This Week: The Washington State University tennis team looks to remain undefeated on the season when it takes on No. 64 Brigham Young University on Friday Jan. 22 and No. 62 University of Utah on Saturday Jan. 23. Both matches will be played at 10 a.m. at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse. The Cougs are 2-0 after last weekend's matches versus Lewis-Clark State and Idaho.

About the Cougars: BYU opens its 2010 season in Pullman Friday. Last year, the BYU Cougars reached the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament, but lost to New Mexico. WSU fell to BYU last season, 6-1.

About the Utes: Last season the Utes posted a 10-13 record and fell to No. 29 TCU in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Utah finished the season ranked 63rd in the country. In Utah's 2009 season opener, the Utes upset then-ranked No.44 WSU, 5-2.

Last Season: The Cougars faced a tough schedule and finished with an 8-18 overall record. WSU played 16 nationally-ranked opponents, including eight ranked Pac-10 foes.

Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart is in her seventh season as head coach. Hart's overall record as a Cougar is 68-79.

Fall Season Success: Freshman Liudmila Vasilieva lead the team with a 10-1 record. Junior Marina Nicolas and freshman Jackie Owens posted 10-2 records. The Cougs captured three out of four championships at the Cougar Classic, and all three singles championships at the Gonzaga Invitational.

Freshmen First Impressions: The six Cougar freshmen had an impressive first fall season, each maintaining a winning record. Highlights include Vasilieva's 10-1 record and defeating Boise State's No.47-ranked Pittchitra Thongdach. Owens posted a 10-2 record, including a tournament championship at the Gonzaga Tournament. Erin Troedson earned two doubles tournament championships with junior partner Nicolas. A seventh freshman, Lea Jansen is a new addition to the spring roster, beginning school earlier this month.

Cheer on the Cougs: The Cougs look to increase overall season attendance this season and needs your support. Last year's average attendance was over 100 fans per match. Fans can look forward to great tennis and free coffee doughnuts at both matches. In between doubles and singles, fans will also have the opportunity to win a pass for four to golf at Bryden Canyon Golf Course.

Next up: WSU continues its homestand next week when they take on Montana State and Eastern Washington on Friday, Jan. 29. Match times are set for 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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