WSU Tennis Hosts Doubleheader Friday

Feb. 10, 2010

This Week: The Washington State University tennis team returns to the court after a bye week for a Friday doubleheader against the University of the Pacific at 11 a.m. and Seattle Univeristy at 5 p.m.

About the Tigers: Last season, the Tigers posted an 8-14 record and were 4-4 in the Big West Conference. Pacific is 2-3 in the 2010 season.

About the Redhawks: Seattle University comes into the weekend with a 2-2 record. Last season, the Redhawks were 6-8 in their first season as a Division I program.

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.

Team Leaders: Sophomore Elisabeth Fournier leads the team with a perfect 6-0 record in dual matches at No. 2 singles. Three Cougar freshmen are tied for second-best team records, with Liudmila Vasilieva, Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras at 5-1. The doubles duo of Jessica Gomez and Ksenia Googe are also 4-0. Vasilieva upset another nationally-ranked player with her win over BYU's No. 54 McCall Jones, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7).

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. The first twenty fans at each match will recieve free pom-poms.

Next up: The Cougars play again a week from Sunday against No. 59 nationally-ranked Sacramento State University. The Feb. 21 match is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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