Vasilieva Joins Fournier in NCAA Singles Field

May 19, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University freshman Liudmila Vasilieva has been selected to the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship singles field, WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart announced Wednesday. Vasilieva joins teammate Elisabeth Fournier in the field of 64, marking the first time in school history two Cougar women have made the NCAA singles field in the same season.

Vasilieva, ranked No. 61 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, was originally named a fourth alternate to the singles field. Over the past two weeks four entrants have withdrawn, moving Vasilieva into the singles field. Her inclusion gives the Pacific-10 Conference 16 players in the singles draw.

'I am so happy for Luda,' said Hart. 'Making the NCAA singles field is a great accomplishment and well deserved. I have no doubt she is one of the elite players in the nation this season.

'For both Luda and Liz to reach the NCAA tournament is a tremendous reflection on the direction Cougar tennis is heading,' Hart continued. 'I think both ladies are going to have a wonderful experience.'

Vasilieva, a native of Yekaterinburg, Russia, received Pac-10 honorable mention honors after posting a 27-12 record during the season. The 27 singles wins rank third on the single-season list and are the most by a freshman since the Cougars began playing a full Pac-10 schedule. Vasilieva earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors earlier this season after defeating Stanford's Lindsay Burdette (ranked No. 61) and California's Marina Cossou (No. 15), the first Cougar to defeat both Bay Area schools in the same dual match season.

The 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis championship singles and doubles competitions will be held May 26-31 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 20-25). The University of Georgia will serve as host.