A Week Off for Cougar Tennis

Feb. 2, 2010

This Week: The Washington State University tennis team has a bye week after a successful weekend with wins against Montana State and Eastern Washington. The Cougars are 4-2 on the season.

Cougars Host Free Clinic: WSU hosts a free clinic in recognition of Girls and Women in Sports Day Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The clinic is open to any female, any age and any ability level. Rackets will be available for participants.

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 is in her seventh season as head coach. Hart's overall record as a Cougar is 70-81.

Team Leaders: Sophomore Elisabeth Fournier leads the team with a perfect 6-0 record in dual matches at No. 2 singles. Three Cougar freshmen are tied for second-best team records, with Liudmila Vasilieva, Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras at 5-1. The doubles duo of Jessica Gomez and Ksenia Googe are also 4-0. Freshman Liudmila Vasilieva upset another nationally ranked player with her win over BYU's No. 54 McCall Jones, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7).

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 earlier this month.

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.

Next up: The Cougs return to action in next week at the Simmelink Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse on Feb. 12 to take on Pacific and Seattle University. Match times are set for 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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