Cougar Tennis Hosts No. 59 Sacramento State Sunday

Feb. 18, 2010

This Week: The Washington State University tennis team hosts the Sacramento State University Hornets, Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. on the Simmelink Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. The 6-2 Cougars look to extend their current four-match winning streak.

About the Hornets: Sacramento State comes to Pullman ranked 59th in the nation. The Hornets are 4-2 on the season, including a win over No.72 Oregon. Last season, the Hornets posted a 19-9 record and made an appearance in first round of the NCAA tournament. Last year, the Cougs lost to the Hornets 6-1, making the all-time record between the two schools 4-1

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 72-79.

Leading the Team: Sophomore Elisabeth Fournier leads the team with a perfect 8-0 record in dual matches at No. 2 singles. She has 16 total wins on the year, only six away from her win total during her freshman campaign.

Strong Start for the Cougs: Freshman Andjela Kankaras has the second-best team record at 7-1. Ksenia Googe has been undefeated in doubles play with three different partners in dual matches this spring. Luda Vasilieva has seen success at the No.1 singles spot so far with a 6-2 record.

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. There will be coffee and doughnuts for fans at Sunday's match, and the first 20 fans will also recieve free pom-poms.

Next up: WSU takes it's first road trip of the year to Boise, Idaho. The Cougs will play New Mexico, Feb. 27 and No.35 Boise State, Feb. 28.
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