WSU Tennis Takes To The Grand Canyon State

April 5, 2005

THIS WEEK: The No. 68 Washington State women's tennis team will travel to Arizona this week to take on the No. 27 Arizona State Sun Devils Friday, April 8 (1:30 p.m.) in Tempe and the No. 50 Arizona Wildcats Saturday, April 9 (noon) in Tucson.

WSU HEAD COACH Lisa Hart ON THIS WEEKEND: 'We need to win at least two of our last four matches to have a chance to go to the (NCAA) tournament so this weekend is really important for us.'

COUGARS CLIMB ALL-TIME LIST: Senior Nora Gaal sits in sixth place on the all-time career singles victories list with 70...Gaal is one victory away from tying former teammate Lorena Arias who sits in the fifth spot with 71 career singles victories...fellow senior Chris Martinez also continues to elevate herself up the list...she has 69 career singles victories which is good enough for seventh on the all-time list.

TOUGH COMPETITION: The Cougars have faced 11 ranked opponents out of the 19 teams they have met in dual match play.

LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars put down both Montana State and Gonzaga...they beat the Grizzlies 7-0 and defeated the Bulldogs 6-1... Montana State match was played in Pullman while the Gonzaga match was moved down to the Lewis-Clark State Indoor Tennis Center in Lewiston, the two matches combined the Cougars faltered in only one singles match and two doubles matches.

UP NEXT: The Cougars will head to Seattle for their final road trip to take on Washington Friday, April 15...Washington State will then return home to square off against the Oregon Ducks Sunday, April 17.

TENNIS MERCHANDISE: If you wish to purchase Cougar Tennis merchandise contact the tennis office at (509)335-0308.

FRESHMAN IMPACT: After joining the Cougar family in January Ekaterina Burduli has already begun to make her mark on Cougar tennis...upset No. 6 Dea Sumantri of Washington March 20...she currently sits at No. 71 nationally in singles.

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