Cougars Celebrate 2010 Tennis Season
May 2, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Elisabeth Fournier and freshmen Liudmila Vasilieva and Andjela Kankaras highlighted the Washington State women's tennis team banquet, held Sunday on the Washington State campus.
Cougar Head Coach Lisa Hart awarded Fournier the team Most Valuable Player and Academic Excellence Awards, Kankaras garnered the Strength and Condition and Coaches Awards, and Vasilieva came away with the Rookie of the Year Award.
Fournier, a sophomore from Ottawa, Canada, garnered second-team honors as she established a WSU record single-season victories by going 31-9 this season. Additionally, Fournier had the third-longest winning streak in school history by starting 2010 with 11 straight wins. Throughout the dual match season she defeated Stanford's Hilary Barte, ranked No. 8 in the nation, and at last week's Pac-10 Championships defeated UCLA's 24th-ranked Andrea Remynse, becoming the first Cougar since 1998 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Championship bracket. Fournier currently holds a national ranking of 58. Academically, Fournier carries a 3.89 GPA while pursuing a degree in economics.
Vasilieva, a freshman from Yekaterinburg, Russia, received honorable mention honors after posting a 27-12 record this season. The 27 singles wins rank third on the single-season list and are the most by a freshman since the Cougars began playing a full Pac-10 schedule. Vasilieva earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors earlier this season after defeating Stanford's Lindsay Burdette (ranked No. 61) and California's Marina Cossou (No. 15), the first Cougar to defeat both Bay Area schools in the same dual match season. Vasilieva has been ranked each week since Feb. 21 and currently maintains a No. 66 national ranking.
Kankaras, a native of Niksic, Montenegro, posted a 23-14 record this season. Her 23 victories were good enough to tie for ninth all-time on the single season wins list at WSU. Additionally, she led the team in doubles victories with 20, the majority of the matches with fellow freshman Ksenia Googe at No. 2 doubles.
Both Fournier and Vasilieva await this week's selection of the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship singles field.