WSU Tennis Set to Open 2010 Season in Pullman

Jan. 13, 2010

This Week: The Washington State University tennis team opens its 2010 campaign by hosting LCSC and Idaho Friday, January 15, 2010. The Cougars and LCSC begin play at 9 a.m., while Idaho faces WSU at 4 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Simmelink Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

About the Warriors: Last season the Warriors made it to the second round of the NAIA Tennis National Championships and finished the year with a 12-12 record. LCSC finished the year ranked 20th in the NAIA and have made 13 straight appearances in the national tournament.

About the Vandals: Last season the Vandals set a school-record 20 wins, concluding their season with a loss to Nevada in the first round of the WAC tournament.

Last Season: The Cougars faced a tough schedule and finished with an 8-18 overall record. WSU played 16 nationally ranked opponents, including eight ranked Pac-10 foes.

Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart heads into her seventh season as head coach. Harts overall record as a Cougar is 66-79.

Fall Season Success: Freshman Liudmila Vasilieva lead the team with a 10-1 record. Junior Marina Nicolas and freshman Jackie Owens posted 10-2 records. The Cougs captured three out of four championships at the Cougar Classic, and all three singles championships at the Gonzaga Invitational.

Freshmen First Impressions: The six Cougar freshmen had an impressive first fall season, each maintaining a winning record. Highlights include Vasilieva's 10-1 record and defeating Boise State's No.47-ranked Pittchitra Thongdach. Owens posted a 10-2 record, including a tournament championship at the Gonzaga Tournament. Erin Troedson earned two doubles tournament championships with junior partner Nicolas. A seventh freshman, Lea Jansen is a new addition to the spring roster, beginning school in January 2010.

Cougars in Season Openers: WSU has won the last four season openers, dating back to the start of the 2006 season. Last year, the Cougs defeated Air Force at home in their first match of the season.

Cheer on the Cougs: The Cougs look to increase overall season attendance this season and needs your support. Last year's average attendance was over 100 fans per match. Promotions at this Friday's matches includes free doughnuts at the 9 a.m. match and free pizza at the 4 p.m. match.

Next up: WSU continues their homestand, facing No. 64-ranked BYU on Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. WSU then takes on No. 62-ranked Utah on Jan. 23 at 10 am.
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