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Cougars Open Fall Season at Jack Taylor Classic

Sep 18, 2014

THIS WEEK: The Cougars open their 2014 fall season as they compete in the Boise State Jack Taylor Classic, Sept. 19-21 in Boise, Idaho. The Cougars will send eight players to the tournament: senior Elizaveta Luzina, juniors Maria Biryukova and Lize Leenknecht, sophomore Victoria Matejevic and freshmen Donika Bashota, Grace Lymer-Sullivan, Holly Monahan and Nastia Vasyukhina.

JACK TAYLOR FORMAT SET: Unlike past years, the 2014 Jack Taylor Classic will be contested in a hidden dual format, where teams play singles against one school and doubles against another. WSU opens up with doubles against Montana followed by singles against Weber State, both being held Friday. Saturday WSU will face Weber State in doubles followed by Boise State in singles. Later that day the Cougars will play Montana in singles. Sunday sees WSU play Boise State in doubles and a second round of singles against Montana.

LUZINA RANKED IN PRESEASON POLL : Senior Elizaveta Luzina garnered a No. 66 ranking in the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason poll, recently released by the ITA. Luzina, who posted a team-best 29-10 singles record last season, reached a high of No. 72 last season after going 5-4 against nationally-ranked players.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: For the 2014-15 season the Cougars will have four new faces to go with six returners. The returning roster includes senior Elizaveta Luzina and juniors Lize Leenknecht and Maria Biryukova. Also returning, though they did not compete last season, are sophomores Victoria Matejevic, Evie Li and Yumi Li. New to the squad this season are freshmen Donika Bashota, Grace Lymer-Sullivan, Holly Monahan and Nastia Vasyukhina.

LAST SEASON IN REVIEW: Washington State finished off dual match play with a 18-10 overall record and 3-7 in conference play in 2014. The 18 wins were the second-most in school history as the Cougars finished seventh in a very competitive Pac-12 conference that had the top nine teams finishing with national rankings. WSU entered the national rankings at No. 59 in mid-February and remained ranked the remainder of the season, reaching a high of No. 45 the week of the Oregon match. Departed from last year’s squad is Olga Musilovich (18-9 singles record), Dajana Ognjenovic (21-13) and Emily Funibiki (1-3).

COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 12th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 141 wins, the most in school history, during her tenure. In 2012 the Cougars went 19-7 as Hart was awarded the Pac-12 Conference Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year award for the 2011-12 season.