A native of Moscow, Russia, Luzina recently completed her junior year where she posted a 29-10 singles record and a 26-8 doubles mark with partner Lize Leenknecht. Playing at the number one singles position, Luzina reached a high of No. 72 in the collegiate rankings this season, bolstered by wins over the nation’s 25th-, 41st- and 50th-ranked players. Her victories total is fourth on WSU’s single-season list and with 79 career wins, she is tied for seventh in school history. He 26 doubles wins this season set the Cougars’ single-season mark.
Additionally, Luzina, a fine arts major who has been recognized as one of the top 10 students in the major, is a six-time member of the WSU President’s Honor Roll and three times named to the WSU Athletics All-Academic Team. She also has participated in numerous community services activities, including assisting at the Senior Center, participating in Butch’s Bash holiday event and Coug Pals, where she exchanged letters with local elementary school kids throughout the past semester.
“Liza has been a great leader and role model for not only our team, but WSU Athletics as well,” said WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart. “She competes at the highest level of collegiate tennis and does so with tremendous dedication and sportsmanship. I’m very proud of her accomplishments on and off the court this year and she is very deserving of this honor.”
Luzina is the fifth Cougar to win the Cissie Leary Award, following in the footsteps of former teammate Andjela Kankaras, who was last year’s recipient. The Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship is awarded to a collegiate women's tennis player who displays dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.
The award is given to players in 12 regions across the country with regional award winners moving on as finalists for the national award that will be announced later this month at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.