No. 65 Cougars Prepare for Final Doubleheader
Feb. 8, 2007
This Week - The Washington State women's tennis team (6-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10), ranked 65th (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) nationally, plays host to No. 47 Sacramento State (2-1 overall, 0-0 Big Sky) and to the Montana State Bobcats (1-3 overall, 0-0 Big Sky) in the final home doubleheader...WSU faces the Sacramento State Hornets Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. and the Bobcats closes out the doubleheader at 4 p.m. ...all matches will be played at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
Stinging Hornets - The Hornets are buzzing past opponents with wins against Washington and No. 39 Oregon...only loss came against 11th ranked California...Sacramento State have matches scheduled against No. 2 Stanford and Eastern Washington before coming into Pullman...freshman Katrina Zheltova was recently named Big Sky Player of the Week for her matches against Oregon and Washington, which she played in the No. 1 slot...WSU leads the all-time series 2-0.
Taming the Bobcats - Montana State is fresh off its first victory of the season against Utah State, 5-2...Bobcats roster includes five juniors, two sophomores and two freshman...Bobcats are led by junior Nicole Luetolf who has played the singles matches in the No.1 slot and doubles matches in the No. 1 slot as well.
Hard Day's Night - Last week WSU played three matches in two days...WSU cruised by Portland, 7-0 Feb. 2...Feb. 3's doubleheader did not come as easy as the Nevada Wolfpack pulled off the upset against WSU, 4-3 in a match that lasted six hours...with the length of the first match going beyond its expected time the match against Idaho was pushed back to 6 p.m...WSU got just enough rest to sweep Idaho, 7-0 in a day that resulted in 10 hours of tennis for WSU.
Cougar Gold - Washington State has found success with its upperclassmen this season...senior Marjolein van de Ven has a team leading 14-4 record and a perfect 7-0 mark in dual matches...junior Ekaterina Burduli follows with 14 wins and senior Amy Toth has captured six wins in dual matches with one of the victories coming in the No. 1 slot.
Rankings - After splitting the doubleheader in last weeks matches the Cougars dropped nine spots in the ITA poll...WSU currently has a team ranking of 65th...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.
Battle of the Ranked Opponents - When Sacramento State comes to Pullman it will mark the second time WSU has played a ranked opponent this season...WSU downed No. 30 BYU, 5-2, earlier in the season...WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart has collected nine wins over ranked opponents in her four years.
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