Cougar Tennis Takes on Montana State and Eastern Washington in Pullman

Jan. 26, 2010

This Week: The Washington State University tennis team looks to rebound against Montana State and Eastern Washington after two tough losses last weekend. WSU plays at doubleheader against Montana State at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29 and takes on Eastern at 5 p.m.

About the Bobcats: Montana State lost their 2010 home opener to No. 34 Boise State, 7-0. Last season, the Bobcats posted an 11-9 record and finished their season with a loss in the Big Sky semifinals. WSU leads the all-time series 12-10.

About the Eagles: Eastern Washington started off the 2010 season with a three-match win streak, but has dropped its last two contests. Last season, the Eagles posted an 8-15 record and made it to the Big Sky quarterfinals. WSU leads the all-time series 26-2.

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.

Team Leaders: Sophomore Elisabeth Fournier leads the team with a perfect 4-0 record in dual matches at No. 2 singles. The doubles duo of Jessica Gomez and Ksenia Googe are also 4-0. Freshman Liudmila Vasilieva upset another nationally ranked player with her win over BYU's No. 54 McCall Jones, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7).

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 and doughnuts at the morning match, and free pizza at the 5 p.m. match.

Next up: The Cougs return to action in two weeks at the Simmelink Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse on Feb. 12 to take on Pacific and Seattle University. Match times are set for 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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