THIS WEEK: Washington State brings a No. 49 national ranking and 18-10 record (3-7 Pac-12 play) into the Pac-12 Championships, Thur.-Sun, April 24-27 at Ojai, Calif. The 32-player championship singles draw consists of three players from each of the top ten schools that sponsor women’s tennis and two players from the 11th-place team, based on the regular season standings. There will also be an invitational singles draw while the 16-team women’s doubles draw will have one doubles team from each of the 11 schools and five additional teams selected by the Draw Committee.
WATCH LIVE: Pac-12 Networks will be broadcasting the tennis championships on Sunday, April 27. The women’s singles championships will be played live on all seven networks and online via Pac-12 Now at 10 a.m. PT.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars posted a 4-2 victory over Oregon, the fourth-straight season WSU has defeated the Ducks. After claiming the doubles point, WSU claimed singles wins from Olga Musilovich, Lize Leenknecht and Maria Biryukova, who clinched the win with her three-set victory.
COUGARS RECOGNIZED SENIORS MUSILOVICH AND FUNABIKI: Prior to Saturday’s match against Oregon, Cougar Tennis recognized seniors Olga Musilovich and Emily Funabiki, who competed at home for the final time. Musilovich has spent the past four years in a Cougar uniform while Funabiki, a Pullman native, joined the squad this past January.
COUGARS IN SINGLE-SEASON RECORD BOOKS: With the Pac-12 Tournament still remaining this season, a few Cougars have found their way into the single-season record books at WSU. Junior Elizaveta Luzina’s 29 singles wins are the fourth-most in school history, four shy of Elisabeth Fournier’s single-season record of 33 set in 2012. Luzina and teammate Lize Leenknecht have accumulated 25 doubles wins this season, tied with Stacy McKenna and Erica Perkins record of 25 set in 2002. Sophomore Maria Biryukova has recorded a 26-8 singles record, tied for eighth on the single-season list of victories.
WSU REMAINS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are ranked No. 49 this week, the 10th-straight week in which they have been ranked after entering poll February 18 at No. 59. Junior Elizaveta Luzina, who moved from No. 106 to a career-best 72nd two weeks ago, fell to No. 84 this week.
LUZINA, MUSILOVICH MOVE INTO TOP 10 ALL-TIME: Junior Elizaveta Luzina and senior Olga Musilovich have moved into the all-time top 10 for wins at Washington State. Luzina, who leads the Cougars with 29 singles victories this season, currently stands at 79 for her career, tied for seventh all-time. Musilovich, who missed last fall but has amassed 17 singles wins in dual matches this year, has 77 career victories, tied for eighth with Tamara Filipovic (1998-2001).
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 11th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 141 wins over her Cougar tenure, and 185 in her career that includes three years as head coach at Virginia Tech. With the victory over Oregon, Hart has moved past Cari Groce (1992-2003) and into first on WSU’s all-time tennis wins list.
LIVE STATS: Fans wishing to follow the Pac-12 Tournament on line can go to http://pac-12.com/2014-pac-12-tennis-championships/live-scores to get live stats throughout each day.