The Washington State Cougar tennis team opens its 2013 fall season as it competes in the Boise State Jack Taylor Classic, Sept. 20-22 in Boise, Idaho. The Cougars will send five players to the tournament: junior Elizaveta Luzina, sophomores Maria Biryukova, Lize Leenknecht and Dajana Ognjenovic, and freshman Cathrine Arnholdt Pederson.
JACK TAYLOR DRAWS SET: Elizaveta Luzina and Lize Leenknecht will be playing single sin the Blue Flight, with Luzina garnering a No. 3 seed. Maria Biryukova will be the top seed in the Orange Flight and will be joined by Dajana Ognjenovic in the draw. Cathrine Arnholdt Pederson is the No. 1 seed for the White Flight. In doubles play, Luzina and Leenknecht will compete in the Blue Flight while Biryukova and Ognjenovic will participate in the Orange Flight.
JACK TAYLOR CLASSIC FIELD: Joining Washington State in the Boise State Jack Taylor Classic Field will be host Boise State, along with Abilene Christina, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Seattle, Utah State and Weber State.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: For the 2013-14 season the Cougars will have three new faces to go with five returners. The returning roster includes senior Olga Musilovich, juniors Elizaveta Luzina and Charlotte Koning and sophomores Lize Leenknecht and Dajana Ognjenovic. New to the squad this season are sophomore Maria Biryukova, who arrives in Pullman after transferring from Baylor, and freshmen Victoria Matejevic and Cathring Arnholdt Pederson.
LAST SEASON IN REVIEW: Washington State finished off dual match play with a 14-12 overall record and 2-8 in conference play in 2013. The Cougars finished eigth in a very competitive Pac-12 conference that had the top seven teams finishing with national rankings. Departed from that team were three seniors who finished their Cougar careers ranked among the all-time wins leaders in school history. Liudmila Vasilieva ended her career with 107 wins, one shy of Elizabeth Fournier’s leading mark of 108. Ksenia Googe left Pullman with 92 career wins, good for third all-time, while Andjela Kankaras ended her career with 87 victories, tied for fifth all-time.
COACH LISA HART: Lisa Hart is in her 11th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 122 wins over her tenure, registering a 14-12 record last season. 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.