THIS WEEK: The Cougars conclude their 2013 fall season as they host the WSU Invitational, Oct. 4-6 at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. The Cougars will have five players in the tournament: junior Elizaveta Luzina, sophomores Maria Biryukova, Lize Leenknecht and Dajana Ognjenovic, and senior Olga Musilovich.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars participated in the WSU Cougar Classic, where junior Elizaveta Luzina captured the Crimson flight singles title and sophomore Lize Leenknecht came away with the Gray flight singles title. The two then paired up to win the Crimson flight doubles title. Sophomore Maria Biryukova reached the semifinal of the Crimson singles flight.
WSU INVITATIONAL DRAWS SET: Elizaveta Luzina and Maria Biryukova will be playing singles in the No. 1 Singles flight while Lize Leenknecht will compete in the No. 2 Singles flight and Dajana Ognjenovic will participate in the No. 3 Singles flight. Luzina and Leenknecht will pair off in the No. 1 Doubles flight and Biryukova and Olga Musilovich in the No. 2 flight. Ognejnovic will pair with Rita Bermudez of Idaho in the No. 1 Doubles flight.
WSU INVITATIONAL FIELD: Joining Washington State in the WSU Invitational Field will be Eastern Washington, Idaho and Seattle.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: For the 2013-14 season the Cougars will have two 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 freshman Victoria Matejevic.
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 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.