Cougars Head to Pac-10 Tennis Championships
April 21, 2010
This Week: The Cougars (12-14,1-7 Pac-10) head to the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament in Ojai, Calif. at the 110th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, April 22-25.
About the Pac-10: The conference boasts seven teams ranked in the Top 75 according to the ITA. Six of these teams are in the top-25, putting the Pac-10 behind only the ACC and SEC for most schools in the polls. Twenty-two Pac-10 singles players are ranked in the Top 125, including two players from Washington State.
Last Year at Pac-10s: Marina Nicolas won her first match of the invitational flight, but fell in the second round to Logan Hansen of Stanford. Ekaterina Kamendova rebounded after a first round loss to win her consolation match of singles play in the championship bracket.
Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart is in her seventh season as head coach. Hart's overall record as a Cougar is 78-93.
Fournier Sets All-Time Season Win Record: With her four wins over the weekend, Elisabeth Fournier broke the all-time season record for singles wins. Fournier has 29 wins this year, one more than the previous record held by current WSU assistant coach Eka Burduli (2008) and Erin Marjury (1983).
Vasilieva Earns Highest Cougar Ranking Since 2008: Freshman Liudmila Vasilieva earned a No. 60 national ranking in the latest ITA poll. Vasilieva's season high ranking of No. 54 was the highest on the team since Eka Burduli was ranked No. 47 on April 28, 2008. Vasilieva is 16-10 in singles this spring. Vasilieva has posted victories over five ranked players this year, with two wins against ranked players last weekend. Vasilieva defeated Stanford's No. 61 Lindsay Burdette and Cal's No. 15 Marina Cossou. No WSU player has ever defeated both Stanford and Cal opponents in the same season.
Twenty Victory Club: Five Cougars have passed the 20 win mark this season, tying the most ever in Cougar tennis history. Fournier leads the way with 29 wins, followed by Vasilieva (26), Kankaras (23), Googe (23) and Nicolas (20). During the 2001-2002 season, five WSU players posted twenty or more wins.
Fournier Garners No. 76 National Ranking: Elisabeth Fournier earned her career-high national ranking in this week's ITA poll. Fournier entered the poll a week ago at No. 78 in the nation after defeating Stanford's No. 8 Hilary Barte in a convincing 6-4, 6-0 win last weekend. Fournier was ranked No. 124 in January of 2009, following the fall 2008 season when she went 9-1.
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.
Leading the Team: Sophomore Elisabeth Fournier leads the team with 21 wins in dual matches this spring. Fournier's quest for the all-time consecutive singles win record was stopped short by Micaela Hein of ASU. Fournier's eleven consecutive wins tied 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.
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 increased their overall home match attendance this year, averaging 157 fans, compared to only 100 last year. Go Cougs!