No. 60 Cougar Tennis Takes Weekend Off Before Heading to Southern California

March 11, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. --

This Week: The Cougars take a week off after splitting against the Arizona schools. WSU upset No. 39 nationally-ranked Arizona, 6-1, Saturday March 6. WSU will hit the road for their next seven matches, beginning with a road-trip to Southern California. The Cougars have already equaled their win total from the 2008-09 season, with an 8-5 record so far. They are 1-1 in Pacific-10 conference play.

Cougars Earn National Ranking: WSU earned its first national ranking of the 2010 season, entering the polls at No. 60. The last Cougar Tennis ranking came in mid-march of the 2008-09 season and put the Cougs at No. 74 in the nation.

Sweeping Up the Competition: The Cougar tennis team's 6-1 upset over No. 39 Arizona is not only the highest ranked team WSU has beaten since beating 34th-ranked Washington in 2008, but it is the first time since the 1997-98 season that the Cougs have swept the singles in a Pac-10 conference match. WSU swept the singles against Oregon on March 29, 1998 and won the match 6-0. The Cougars also made the NCAA Tournament that year, but lost to No. 30 UNLV in the first round.

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 74-85.

Leading the Team: Sophomore Elisabeth Fournier leads the team with 12 wins this spring. Fournier's quest for the all-time consecutive singles win record was stopped short by Micaela Hein of ASU last weekend. Fournier's eleven consecutive wins ties her for third on the all-time consecutive singles victories list. The longest win-streak record is held by Marcia Senn, who won 13 in a row from Feb. 19 to March 25, 1994.

Strong Start for the Cougs: Freshman Andjela Kankaras has the second-best team record at 11-2 in the No. 5 spot. Kankaras was one of two Cougars to sweep the Arizona schools last weekend in singles matches. She and doubles partner Vasilieva were the only doubles pair to earn a win against the Arizona schools.

Vasilieva Earns National Ranking: Freshman Liudmila Vasilieva earned a No. 79 national ranking in the latest ITA poll. The ranking is the highest on the team since Eka Burduli was ranked 57th in 2008. Vasilieva is 9-4 in the No. 1 singles spot this spring. Vasilieva beat her third nationally-ranked player this season when she defeated Arizona's No. 89 Natasha Marks last weekend.

Chasing Records: Both Vasilieva and Fournier are well within reach of making the all-time singles season victory list. Twenty-three wins on the season will put either player into the top ten. Fournier currently has 20 wins and Vasilieva has 19. The all-time record for victories in one season is 28, held by Erin Majury and set in the 1983 season.

Freshmen First Impressions: The six Cougar freshmen had an impressive first fall season, each combining a winning record. Highlights include Vasilieva's 10-1 record and a defeat of Boise State's No.47-ranked Pittchitra Thongdach. Jackie Owens posted a 10-2 record, including a tournament championship at the Gonzaga Tournament. Erin Troedson earned two doubles tournament championships with junior partner Marina 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 this season and need your support. Last year's average attendance was more than 100 fans per match.

Next up: The No. 60 Cougs hit the road again March 16 and 17, traveling to San Diego, Calif. The team plays Cal-State Northridge Tuesday, March 16. WSU also takes on the University of San Diego Wednesday, March 17.

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