No. 56 Cougars Begin Five-Match Homestand

Jan. 31, 2007

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This Week - The Washington State women's tennis team (4-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10), ranked 56th (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) nationally, plays host to a trio of schools...Portland Pilots (3-1 overall, 0-0 WCC) face the Cougars first, Friday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m...WSU then hosts a doubleheader, Saturday, Feb. 3, against Nevada (1-2 overall, 0-0 WAC) at 11 a.m. and Palouse rival Idaho (0-0 overall, 0-0 WAC) at 5 p.m...all matches will be played at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

Series Against Upcoming Opponents - Against Portland, WSU holds an all-time advantage of 7-0...last time the two teams squared off, April 9, 2006, WSU upended the Pilots, 7-0...Nevada has had better luck against the Cougars in their only meeting, Feb. 19, 1982 as the Wolfpack edged the WSU, 6-3...against neighboring Idaho, the all-time record is 19-18 in favor of the Cougars...two teams met last year with WSU the victors, 7-0...WSU has also won the last eight contest between Idaho.

Road Warriors - Last week WSU traveled to Utah for a pair of matches against Mountain West Conference opponents...WSU defeated Utah, 4-3 after Aleksandra Cekic defeated Karine Bourdages, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, in the No. 6 slot to clinch a Cougar victory...Cougars next opponent was No. 30 BYU...WSU secured the upset by winning five of the six single ended a three-match losing streak to BYU...defeat marked the highest-ranked opponent WSU has knocked off in two years.

History Making Tennis - In only the second week of dual matches, head coach Lisa Hart has her Cougars are off to their best start in 21 years...after last week's victories, WSU heads into Friday's match 4-0 for the first time since the 1984-85 season...senior Amy Toth deserves some of the credit as she is now 4-0 in dual match play and has accumulated 65 wins during her Cougar career, which places her ninth on WSU all-time wins list.

Rankings - After a successful two weeks of dual matches the Cougars gained 10 spots in the ITA polls...WSU currently has a team ranking of 56th...Burduli, after defeating two nationally-ranked opponents during the fall season, earned a ranking of 85th...Toth, van de Ven and Burduli also represented WSU in the regional rankings...Toth's ranking is No. 23, van de Ven earned the 26th spot and Burduli culminated the rankings in the 17th position.

Free Tennis Clinic - In honor of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Washington State women's tennis team will be holding a free tennis clinic...the clinic is free to all females of any age and ability and will be held in the newly renovated Hollingbery Fieldhouse, Friday, Feb. 7, from 6-7 p.m.

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