WSU Tennis Looks to Rebound Against Portland State and Oregon

March 30, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. --

This Week: The Cougars take their final regular season roadtrip to Oregon this week. WSU takes on Portland State, Friday April 2 at 3 p.m. The Cougs continue Pacific-10 Conference play against Oregon at noon, April 3.

About the Vikings: Portland State holds a 2-13 record on the season, after a 7-0 loss to Big Sky opponent Montana State last weekend. WSU is 6-0 all-time against Portland State.

About the Ducks: Oregon improved to 6-12 last weekend with a victory over Montana State. Oregon is still looking for their first Pac-10 win of the season. The Cougs are 19-33 all-time against the Ducks, with WSU taking the last decision 4-3.

Sweeping Up the Competition: The Cougar tennis team's 6-1 upset over No. 39 Arizona is not only the highest ranked team WSU has beaten since beating 34th-ranked Washington in 2008, but it is the first time since the 1997-98 season that the Cougs have swept the singles in a Pac-10 conference match. WSU swept the singles against Oregon on March 29, 1998 and won the match 6-0. The Cougars also made the NCAA Tournament that year, but lost to No. 30 UNLV in the first round.

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 74-89.

Vasilieva Earns National Ranking: Freshman Liudmila Vasilieva earned a No. 75 national ranking in the latest ITA poll. The ranking is the highest on the team since Eka Burduli was ranked 57th in 2008. Vasilieva is 10-8 in the No. 1 singles spot this spring. Vasilieva beat her third nationally-ranked player this season when she defeated Arizona's No. 89 Natasha Marks.

Leading the Team: Sophomore Elisabeth Fournier leads the team with 15 wins this spring. Fournier's quest for the all-time consecutive singles win record was stopped short by Micaela Hein of ASU. Fournier's eleven consecutive wins tied her for third on the all-time consecutive singles victories list. The longest win-streak record is held by Marcia Senn, who won 13 in a row from Feb. 19 to March 25, 1994.

Strong Start for the Cougs: Freshman Andjela Kankaras has the second-best team record at 12-6. Fellow freshmen Ksenia Googe and Liudmila Vasilieva also boast double digit wins this spring with 10 each.

Chasing Records: Elisabeth Fournier cracked the Top 10 List for singles victories in one season with a win against Long Beach State's Anais Dallara. Fournier now has 23 wins this season, which ties her for ninth on the list. Teammate Luda Vasilieva could also break onto the Top 10 list this season. Vasilieva needs only three more wins to put her at 23 as well. The all-time record for wins in a single season is 28, set by Erin Majury in 1983.

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

Cheer on the Cougs: The Cougs look to increase overall season attendance this season and need your support. Last year's average attendance was more than 100 fans per match.

Next up: WSU returns to Pullman to conclude the 2010 regular season with a six-match homestand. The Cougs host No. 12 Stanford, Northern Arizona, Montana, Gonzaga and No. 11 California, April 8-11.
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