Cougar Tennis Sweeps Montana and Gonzaga

April 10, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's tennis team swept both Montana and Gonzaga Saturday, improving to 12-12 on the season.

Highlighting the day was Cougar sophomore Elisabeth Fournier, who earned two wins to become WSU's single-season leader with 29 victories. Fournier moved past current WSU assistant coach Ekaterina Burduli (2008) and Erin Majury (1983).

'We are so proud of Liz's accomplishments,' said WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart. 'She has worked hard to improve her game and her achievements so far this season reflect that dedication.'

In Saturday's first match, played indoors at the Simmelink Tennis Courts, the Cougars defeated Montana 7-0 as they opened doubles play by sweeping all three matches for the first point.

WSU continued that trend in singles play as all six wins came in straight sets. Ksenia Googe was first off with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Heather Davidson at No. 3 singles, followed by the nation's 94th-ranked player, Cougar freshman Liudmila Vasilieva, who posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over Constance Alexander at No. 2 singles. Andjela Kankaras gained a 7-5, 6-3 win over Amanda Bran at No. 4 while at No. 1, Fournier recorded a 6-2, 6-4 win over Rebecca Bran.

At No. 5 singles Marina Nicolas did not drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win over Kayla Moyse and Lea Jansen closed out the match with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Lauren Gibson. Jansen won the final five games of the match, bouncing back from a 5-2 deficit in the second set.

In the afternoon match against Gonzaga the Cougars again posted a 7-0 victory. In doubles play Kankaras and Googe defeated Clare Dodge and Kristina Zauere, 8-0, at No.2 while Fournier and Vasilieva came from three games down to defeat Rika Mehndiratta and Danielle Farmer, 8-5. At No. 3 Jansen and Nicolas escaped with a 9-7 win over Jackie Tabb and Sophie Lantta.

In singles play the Cougars quickly took control of the match as Googe defeated Prue Teitzel, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 and Nicolas defeated Dodge, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 5. Fournier then clinched the win with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Mehndiratta at No. 1. Vasilieva finished within minutes of Fournier as she earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over Zauere while Kankaras won 6-2, 6-3 over Farmer at No. 4. The final match of the day came down to No. 6 singles, where Jansen and Tabb split the first two sets. With the team victory already clinched, the two played a tiebreaker for the third set. While both players had match points, it was Jansen coming away victorious, earning a 6-2, 3-6, (14-12) win.

The Cougars host California Sunday morning at 11 a.m. at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.

Washington State 7 def. Montana 0
Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse
Pullman, Wash.
April 10, 2010

No. 1: Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) def. Rebecca Bran (UM) 6-2, 6-4
No. 2: No. 94 Liudmila Vasilieva (WSU) def. Constance Alexander (UM) 6-1, 6-2
No. 3: Ksenia Googe (WSU) def. Heather Davidson (UM) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4: Andjela Kankaras (WSU) def. Amanda Bran (UM) 7-5, 6-3
No. 5: Marina Nicolas (WSU) def. Kayla Moyse (UM) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6: Lea Jansen (WSU) def. Lauren Gibson (UM) 6-3, 7-5
Order: 3,2,4,1,5,6

No. 1: Fournier/ Vasilieva (WSU) def. R. Bran/ Davidson (UM) 8-3
No. 2: Kankaras/Googe (WSU) def. A. Brad/Gibson (UM) 8-3
No. 3: Nicolas/Jansen (WSU) def. Alexander/Moyse (UM) 8-0
Order: 3,1,2

Washington State 7 def. Gonzaga 0
WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts
Pullman, Wash.
April 10, 2010

No. 1: Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) def. Rika Mehndiratta (GU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 2: No. 94 Liudmila Vasilieva (WSU) def. Kristina Zauere (GU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3: Ksenia Googe (WSU) def. Prue Teitzel (GU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4: Andjela Kankaras (WSU) def. Danielle Farmer (GU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5: Marina Nicolas (WSU) def. Clare Dodge (GU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6: Lea Jansen (WSU) def. Jackie Tabb (GU) 6-2, 3-6, (14-12)
Order: 3,5,1,2,4,6

No. 1: Fournier/ Vasilieva (WSU) def. Mehndiratte/Farmer (GU) 8-5
No. 2: Kankaras/Googe (WSU) def. Dodge/Zauere (GU) 8-0
No. 3: Nicolas/Jansen (WSU) def. Tabb/Lantta (GU) 9-7
Order: 2,1,3
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