Cougar Tennis Concludes Regular Season Against No. 28 Huskies

April 13, 2010

This Week: The Cougars (12-13, 1-6 Pac-10) conclude their regular season against in-state rival University of Washington. WSU hosts the No. 28 Huskies at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts, Saturday April 17 at noon.

USTA Kids Day: In recognition of the United State Tennis Association's Kid's Day, the WSU tennis team invites all kids to participate in match-day activities. The first 100 kids will receive a free Nike Cougar Tennis t-shirt. Prior to the match, the team will be signing autographs and Quiznos will provide lunch. While the Cougs take on their rival UW Huskies, there will be contests and prizes. Stick around after the match for an ice cream social with the team.

About the Huskies: UW comes to Pullman ranked 28th in the nation, with a 10-2 record (2-5, Pac-10). The Huskies have two ranked players; including No. 9 Denise Dy. WSU is 9-40 against UW all-time, with their last win against the Huskies in April of 2008.

Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart is in her seventh season as head coach. Hart's overall record as a Cougar is 78-92.

Improving on Last Season: WSU has already surpassed their 8 total match wins from last season. The Cougars are 12-13, with one regular season match left to play.

Fournier Sets All-Time Season Win Record: With her four wins over the weekend, Elisabeth Fournier broke the all-time season record for singles wins. Fournier has 29 wins this year, one more than the previous record held by current WSU assistant coach Eka Burduli (2008) and Erin Marjury (1983).

Vasilieva Earns Highest Cougar Ranking Since 2008: Freshman Liudmila Vasilieva earned a No. 54 national ranking in the latest ITA poll. Vasilieva's season high ranking of No. 54 is the highest on the team since Eka Burduli was ranked No.47 on April 28, 2008. Vasilieva is 16-9 in singles this spring. Vasilieva has posted victories over five ranked players this year, with two wins against ranked players last weekend. Vasilieva defeated Stanford's No. 61 Lindsay Burdette and Cal's No. 15 Marina Cossou. No WSU player has ever defeated both Stanford and Cal opponents in the same season.

Fournier Garners No. 78 National Ranking: Elisabeth Fournier earned her career-high national ranking in this week's ITA poll. Fournier enters the poll at No. 78 in the nation after defeating Stanford's No. 8 Hilary Barte in a convincing 6-4, 6-0 win last weekend. Fournier was ranked No. 124 in January of 2009 following the fall 2008 season when she went 9-1.

Doubling Up: Andjela Kankaras leads the team with doubles victories this year with 19. Kankaras' current doubles partner, Ksenia Googe leads the team for dual match doubles victories with 13.

Twenty Victory Club: Five Cougars have passed the 20 win mark this season, the most ever in Cougar tennis history. Fournier leads the way with 29 wins, followed by Vasilieva (26), Kankaras (23), Googe (22) and Nicolas (20). During the 2001-2002 season, four WSU players posted twenty or more wins.

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.

Leading the Team: Sophomore Elisabeth Fournier leads the team with 21 wins in dual matches 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.

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 heads to Ojai, California for the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament, April 22-25.
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