Cougar Tennis Wraps Up Fall Season

Oct. 7, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. --The Washington State University women's tennis team wrapped up a successful fall season Sunday with the final day of the Jack Taylor Classic at Boise State University. The Jack Taylor Classic was the last of three tournaments the Cougs competed in this fall.

The team opened play in Pullman with the Cougar Classic Sept. 18-20. The team won three out of four championships, with Elisabeth Fournier winning the Crimson singles bracket defeating teammate Ekaterina Kamendova in the semifinals. Marina Nicolas won the Gray singles bracket to give the Cougars a sweep of the singles titles.

The doubles duo of freshman Erin Troedson and Marina Nicolas won by default in the Gray doubles bracket. Liudmila Vasilieva and Elisabeth Fournier took second place in the Crimson doubles bracket after battling Portland opponents Lacey Pflibsen and Megan Sporndli, 9-7.

The Cougars returned to action Sept. 25-27 at the Gonzaga Invitational in Spokane. It was another successful tournament, as all three singles brackets were won by WSU freshmen.

In Flight A, Vasilieva beat Idaho's Maria Perevoshchikova in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. The final of Flight B featured Andjela Kankaras and junior Nicolas, with Kankaras earning the win, 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5. The Cougs were well represented in the final of Flight C as well with freshman Jackie Owens taking home the title after winning against fellow freshman Cara Brown 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles play, Troedson and Nicolas won their second tournament championship in a row after beating teammates Jessica Gomez and Kamendova 8-5.

The Jack Taylor Classic concluded the Coug's fall season Oct. 2-4. Five athletes won their opening matches Oct. 2, as well as two doubles pairs won their first games. Day two was highlighted by Vasilieva upsetting Boise State's No. 47-ranked Pittchitra Thongdach 6-4, 6-3. Five other Cougars posted wins and three doubles duos won their matches of the day. Day three Vasilieva and Gomez both won matches, keeping both undefeated for the weekend.

The Cougar freshmen made a great first impression with all six maintaining winning records this fall. Vasilieva went 10-1, only losing to teammate Kamendova in the semifinal of the Cougar Classic. Owens posted a 10-2 record, winning the Flight C bracket at the Gonzaga Invitational. Troedson went 4-4, but won two doubles tournament championships with partner Nicolas. Cara Brown went 6-3 and Ksenia Googe was 8-3 this fall.

Fournier posted an 8-3 record, as the Cougars only sophomore, and won the Crimson singles title for the second year in a row. Gomez, a junior, earned a 9-4 record and was undefeated in three matches at the Jack Taylor Classic. Kamendova went 7-4, while fellow junior Nicolas was 10-2 this fall.

The team will return to action Jan. 15 in a doubleheader against Lewis-Clark State and Idaho in Pullman.
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