Cougars Ranked No. 44 in ITA National Poll

Jan. 8, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - For the fifth-straight season the Washington State University women's tennis team will begin the dual match portion of its schedule nationally-ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.

The Cougars have garnered a No. 44 national ranking while sophomore Ekaterina Kamendova and freshman Elisabeth Fournier earned national singles rankings in the first poll of 2009.

Kamendova, a sophomore from Moscow, Russia, enters the national rankings for the first time after she posted a 7-2 record last fall. She captured the No. 1 Singles Flight at the Cougar Classic and had a win over New Mexico's Ola Abou-Zekry, who was ranked No. 103 at the time, at the Boise State Invitational. Kamendova also earned a No. 20 singles ranking for the Northwest region.

Fournier, a freshman and native of Ottawa, garnered a No. 124 national ranking and No. 29 regional ranking following her first fall season of competition. Fournier posted a 9-1 record and captured the No. 2 Singles Flight at the 2008 Cougar Classic en route to winning her first nine collegiate matches. She also reached the third round at the 2008 ITA Northwest Regional before falling to Sacramento State's Katrina Zheltova, at the time ranked No. 21 nationally.

Kamendova and Aleksandra Cekic also received a doubles ranking of No. 14 for the Northwest region.

The Cougars open their 2009 dual match schedule Saturday, Jan. 17, when they host Air Force in the morning and Idaho later that afternoon.
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