Cougar Tennis Travels to Boise to Take on New Mexico and No. 42 Boise State

Feb. 23, 2010

This Week: The Washington State University tennis team (6-3) takes their first road trip to Boise, Idaho this week. The Cougs will play the University of New Mexico Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. WSU will take on No. 42 Boise State University Sunday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m.

About the Lobos: New Mexico is 1-6 on the season, after losing to Kansas State last weekend. Last season, New Mexico lost in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament to No. 42 UNLV. The Cougars lost to New Mexico last season, 4-3, and trail 3-8 in the all-time record between the two schools.

About the Broncos: Boise State is currently ranked No.42 in the nation with a 4-4 record. The Broncos return home to take on the Cougs after a five day road trip. Last season, the Broncos posted a 24-5 record including a win over WSU 4-3. WSU has the advantage in the all-time record at 12-5.

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 72-83.

Leading the Team: Sophomore Elisabeth Fournier leads the team with a perfect 9-0 record in dual matches at No. 2 singles. She has 17 total wins on the year, only five away from her win total during her freshman campaign. Her nine dual match win streak is the most since 2007 when Marjolein van de Ven won 10 straight matche from Jan. 20 to Feb. 16.

Vasilieva Earns National Ranking: Freshman Liudmila Vasilieva earned a No. 61national ranking in the latest ITA poll. The ranking is the highest on the team since Eka Burduli was ranked 57th in 2008. Vasilieva is 6-3 in the No. 1 singles spot this spring.

Strong Start for the Cougs: Freshman Andjela Kankaras has the second-best team record at 8-1. Kankaras battled through three sets last weekend against Clarisse Baca of Sacramento State to give the Cougars their second win of the day.

Freshmen First Impressions: The six Cougar freshmen had an impressive firstfall season, each maintaining a winning record. Highlights include Vasilieva's 10-1record and defeating Boise State's No.47- ranked Pittchitra Thongdach. Owens posteda 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 in January 2010.

Cheer on the Cougs: The Cougs look to increase overall season attendance thisseason and needs your support. Last year's average attendance was over 100 fans permatch.

Next up: The Cougs return to Pullman for their first two Pac-10 conference matches. WSU plays No. 28 Arizona State Friday, March 5 at 11 a.m. The Cougs take on No. 59 Arizona Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m. Both matches will be played at the Simmelink Tennis Courts in Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
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