Vasilieva Named Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week
April 13, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University freshman Liudmila Vasilieva has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, for April 5-11, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday.
Vasilieva, of Yekaterinbgur, Russia, won all five of her singles matches last week, including a pair of victories over nationally-ranked opponents: Stanford's Lindsay Burdette (No. 61) and California's Marina Cossou (No. 15).
With the wins over Burdette and Cossou, Vasilieva became the first women's tennis player in school history to defeat Stanford and California opponents in the same dual-match season. Vasilieva began the week with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Burdette, the highest-ranked opponent she had defeated at the time. Following wins against Northern Arizona, Montana and Gonzaga, she ended the week by defeating Cossou 6-3, 5-7, 10-6, in a tiebreaker in place of the third set.
For the season Vasilieva improved to 26-10 overall, the most singles victories by a Cougar freshman since 1983.
This marks the first weekly honor for Vasilieva and the third all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for the Washington State women. The last Cougar to earn Player of the Week honors was current assistant coach Ekaterina Burduli who did so in March 2007.