PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State tennis team handed out its team awards for the 2013-14 season at the season-ending banquet Monday night.
Sophomore Elizaveta Luzina captured the team Most Valuable Player Award, sophomore Lize Leenknecht was a double winner, capturing the Coaches and Strength and Conditioning Awards, junior Charlotte Koning received the Academic Excellence Award while the Cougar Pride Award went to the entire team.
A native of Moscow, Russia, Luzina recently completed her junior year where she posted a team-best 55 combined wins, going 29-10 in singles and 26-8 in doubles 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. This marked the second-straight season Luzina was named team MVP.
Leenknecht, from Huele, Belgium, was this year’s team captain and finished her season with a 25-13 singles record and 26-8 doubles mark. She went 16-11 in dual matches, playing in both the second and third position. Her doubles wins with Luzina are a WSU single-season record.
Koning, a junior from Kropswolde, The Netherlands, compiled a 7-11 singles record, battling injury throughout the entire season. A member of the President’s Honor Roll and WSU Athletics All-Academic team, Koning carries a 3.88 grade point average while majoring in psychology. Koning captured the Academic Excellence Award for the second-straight year.
The Cougar Pride Award, given for commitment to the team, battling for teammates and displaying qualities the embody being a true Cougar, was given to the entire team this season.
The Cougars completed their season with an 18-10 record, the third-most single-season wins in school history. The victory total included wins over five nationally-ranked teams, including Washington and Oregon.