Cougars Close Out Regular Season Against Huskies

April 14, 2009

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This Week - The Washington State women's tennis team will travel to Seattle, April 18, to take on the 31st-ranked University of Washington. The match against the cross-state rivals will conclude the Cougars regular season.

Series against the Huskies - The Huskies will enter Saturday's match with a 14-7 overall record. UW has currently won seven of its last 10 matches which include wins over No. 37 San Diego State, No. 50 Sacramento State, No. 54 San Diego and No. 65 Minnesota. Washington is led by No. 27 Vanise Chan who boasts a 25-5 singles record and an 18-10 doubles record. Chan has defeated 13 ranked opponents including four victories against players ranked in the top-20. No. 69 Denise Dy holds down the No. 2 slot for the Huskies. The UW freshman has recorded 21 singles victories which includes a victory over California's Marina Cossou, who is currently No. 21 according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The last time these two squads met was April 19, 2008, when the Cougars beat the Huskies, 4-3, clinching a birth to the 2008 NCAA Championships. Washington currently holds a 39-9 all-time advantage against the Cougars.

Last Time Out - Last Thursday the Cougars hosted a doubleheader closing out the regular season at home. Against UC Santa Barbara, the Cougars found themselves down early after losing each doubles match giving the opening point to the Gauchos. Washington State battled back earning two singles victories as Aleksandra Cekic downed Jill Damion in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Elisabeth Fournier grabbed the second win for the Cougars earning a tough win over Sofi a Novak, 6-2, 7-6(5). UC Santa Barbara ended up outlasting the Cougars, 5-2. The second match of the doubleheader was a different story for the Cougars. On senior night, Washington State sent the seniors out as winners sweeping Eastern Washington, 7-0. Both seniors, Cekic and Bianca Selaru, earned victories for WSU. Cekic handled the Eagles Amanda Monkovits easily, 6-1, 6-3. Selaru powered by Caitlin Bampton, 6-0, 6-1.

Seniors Say Goodbye - Aleksandra Cekic and Bianca Selaru played their last home match in a Cougar uniform April 9. Cekic has produced 64 career singles wins and 41 doubles victories during her four years as a Cougar. Cekic has tied her career high for wins in a season with 18 and has tallied double digit wins in every season of her career. Selaru has 49 career singles wins and 29 doubles wins during her time at WSU. She has tallied eight wins this season and recorded a career high 19 wins during the 2007-08 season.

Freshman Power - Elisabeth Fournier leads Washington State with a 21-13 record on the season, playing mostly at the No. 3 slot in the Cougars lineup. She is playing at the top of her game winning seven of her last 10 matches heading into the match against UW. The WSU freshman has also captured 12 doubles victories on the season.

Up Next - The Cougars will travel to Ojai, Calif., April 23-25, to compete at the Pacifi c-10 Tennis Championships at the 109th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament.
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