44th-Ranked Cougars Set to Host Air Force and Idaho

Jan. 14, 2009

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This Week: The Washington State Universitytennis team, ranked No. 44 (ITA) nationallyopens its 2009 campaign by hosting Air Forceand Idaho Saturday, Janurary 17, 2009. TheCougars and Air Force square off at 10 a.m.,while Idaho faces WSU at 5 p.m. Both matcheswill be played at the Simmelink Courts atHollingbery Fieldhouse.

About the Falcons: The Falcons finished the2008 season with a 6-21 record. WashingtonState won the meeting between these twoschools. The first time these two teams met wasFebruary 2, 2008, when the Cougars downedthe Falcons, 7-0. The Falcons competed in seventournaments during the fall season, the MinnesotaInvitational, BYU Invitational, ColoradoInvitational, Jayhawk Invitational, USAF Invitational,University of New Mexico Invitational andthe Florida State Invitational.

About the Vandals: Last season the Vandalsfinished with a 16-9 record. The Vandals reachedthe quarterfinals of the 2008 Western AthleticConference Championship, falling to then No.71 Nevada. Idaho competed in five tournamentsthis fall, the Cougar Classic, Eastern WashingtonUniversity/Gonzaga University Invite, MontanaInvitational, Clay Court Nationals and the BoiseState Invitational. Washington State leads theall-time series 21-8 and has won 7 straightduring that span.

Last Season:The Cougars finished the seasonranked 43rd nationally with a record of 16-9. The16 wins were the most in a season during Hart'stenure and eight of the nine losses were toranked teams. Ekaterina Burduli set the all-timemark for wins in a season with 28 and finishedher career with an all-time best 90 victories.

Rankings: For the fifth-straight season theWashington State University women's tennisteam will begin the dual match portion of itsschedule nationally-ranked in the IntercollegiateTennis Association poll. The Cougars havegarnered a No. 44 national ranking whilesophomore Ekaterina Kamendova and freshmanElisabeth Fournier earned national singlesrankings in the first poll of 2009. Kamendova,a sophomre earned a No. 119 national rankingwhile Fournier, a freshman and native of Ottawa,garnered a No. 124 national ranking and No. 29regional ranking following her first fall season ofcompetition.

Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hartheads into her sixth season as head coach.Harts overall record as a Cougar is 58-61.Last season Hart led the team to the NCAATournament for the first time since 2002.

Team Leaders: Freshman Elisabeth Fournieris leading the way for the Cougars with a 9-1record. She has a winning percentage of .900,highest on the team. Sophomore EkaterinaKamendova has a record of 7-2, seniorAleksandra Cekic finished the fall season witha 7-3 record, sophomores Marina Nicolas hasposted a record 5-3 record , Jessica Gomezfinished the fall at 5-4 and Livia Ghermanearned a 3-1 record.

Next up: WSU will hit the road after thisweekends doubleheader, traveling to Ogden,Utah to take on Weber State Janurary 21, 2009.

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