THIS WEEK: Washington State brings a 12-2 record into their two matches this weekend against No. 60 Colorado and No. 44 Utah. The Cougars, ranked No. 53 in the latest ITA poll, host Colorado Friday at 11 a.m. to open Pac-12 Conference play. Colorado enters with a 7-4 record and are led by No. 1 player Julyette Steur, who is 15-5 overall and 9-2 in dual match player. Utah takes a 6-2 record into their Friday afternoon match at Oregon, before coming to Pullman Saturday’s, 11 a.m. match. Utah has tallied three victories over ranked opponents this season, collecting wins over No. 50 Denver, No. 60 North Texas and No. 71 BYU.
UTAH MATCH MOVED UP: Washington State’s match against Utah has been moved to Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. The match was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 9 but was moved up a day to accommodate Utah’s travel schedule.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars came away victories in its lone match, defeating Boise State 4-3. WSU captured the doubles point then posted singles wins at No. 1, 3 and 4. It marked the third-straight win over the Broncos and increased the Cougars’ all-time record against Boise to 15-7.
COUGARS BEGIN TOUGH STRETCH OF SCHEDULE: As the Cougars begin Pac-12 Conference play this week, they enter the mnost difficult portion of their schedule as 10 of the next 13 matches come against nationally-ranked teams. Both Colorado and Utah are ranked heading into this weekend and beginning Mar. 22 at ASU, WSU starts a stretch where seven of eight matches come against teams ranked among the Top 40.
WSU REMAINS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are ranked No. 53 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. Junior Elizaveta Luzina reamins at No. 116 in the singles poll.
COUGARS APPROACHING 20-WIN MARK: While junior Elizaveta Luzina leads the team with 23 singles victories this season, three others are also approaching the 20-win plateau. Sophomore Maria Biryukova stands at 19 wins while sophomores Lize Leenknecht and Dajana Ognjenovic both are at 18 wins entering the weekend.
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 11th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 135 wins over her Cougar tenure, and 179 in her career that includes three years as head coach at Virginia Tech. 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.
LIVE STATS: Fans wishing to follow Cougar home contests on line can go to wsucougars.com to get live stats throughout each match.
PARKING AT HOLLINGBERY FIELDHOUSE: Fans coming to Cougar Tennis matches this season can park in the Yellow 1 parking lot located directly south of Beasley Coliseum. There will not be any charge for parking on weekends, and daily passes can be purchased for weekday contests. Another option for tennis fans to park would be the Library Garage. The garage costs $3 for the entire day to park on either a Saturday or Sunday.