WSU Set to Take on Arizona and Arizona State

March 3, 2009

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This Week - The Washington State women's tennis team (3-9 overall, 0-2 Pac-10), ranked No. 58 (ITA) nationally, will hit the road to take on two Pacific-10 teams. First, the Cougars will travel to Tucson, Ariz., March 6, where the University of Arizona (5-3 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) will be waiting, then Washington State will travel to Tempe, Ariz. March 7, to meet-up with No. 19 Arizona State (6-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-10).

Series with the Wildcats- Arizona will enter the match against Washington State with a 5-3 record, but are coming off three straight losses. The Wildcats are led by senior Danielle Steinberg, who is holding down the No. 1 slot in the lineup with a 10-4 record. No. 124 Natasha Marks, a freshman, has produced a 9-3 singles record so far this season, at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Freshman Sarah Landsman leads the team in singles victories with 17 playing most of her matches at the No. 4 position. Arizona leads the all-time series against the Cougars 13-2, but Washington State won the most recent meeting between the two teams 5-2 back on April 5, 2008 in Pullman.

Taking on the Sun Devils- Arizona State has posted a 6-1, record so far this season, including wins over No. 24 Florida State, No. 27 Texas and No. 45 Oregon. The Sun Devils boast two players ranked in the top-75, including the 3rd-ranked player in the nation, Kelsey McKenna. The sophomore from North Bend, Ore., boasts a 26-5 singles record and a 15-4 doubles record. Micaela Hein, ranked No. 71 according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, has produced a 12-6 record on the season while playing mostly at the No. 3 slot for the Sun Devils. Arizona State leads the all-time series 15-0.

Last Time Out- Last week, the Cougars traveled to the Bay Area to take on the No. 3 California Golden Bears and the No. 11 Stanford Cardinal in the first Pac-10 matches of the season. First, the Cougars took on the Cardinal. Stanford started out winning the doubles point to take the early lead. The Cougars were able to hang tough in the singles matches, but were unable to pick up any victories as the Cardinal went on defeat WSU, 7-0. The Cougars then jumped over to Berkeley, Calif. to take on the Golden Bears. The Golden Bears are the 3rd-ranked team in the country and currently boast four players ranked in the top-100 in the nation. After a long hard fought battle between the two Pac-10 schools, California came out on top, defeating Washington State, 7-0.

Senior Sensation- Aleksandra Cekic is closing in on the all-time top-10 list for career singles victories. Cekic boasts 63 career singles victories just eight shy of Sheryl Traum who is tenth on the all-time list with 71.

Team Leaders - The Cougars have multiple players who have already recorded double-digit wins this season. Freshman Elisabeth Fournier leads the way for the Cougars with 13 victories. Senior Aleksandra Cekic and Sophomore Marina Nicolas have secured 10 wins apiece so far during dual-match play.

Rankings - The Washington State women's tennis team has dropped out of the rankings for the first time since the 2005-06 season. According to the March 3, Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings the Cougars are currently unranked after dropping from No. 58 spot.

Up Next - The Cougars will return home for a three-match home stand which will be the first time WSU has played at home in over a month. First, Washington State will meet Boise State, March 11, at noon, followed by Oregon and Montana March 13 and 14.
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