THIS WEEK: The Cougars face three ranked teams this week, two in Pullman and one in Spokane. WSU hosts No. 66 Fresno State Friday at noon in Pullman followed by No. 65 San Diego Saturday in Spokane. That match will be held at The Stevens Center on the Gonzaga campus beginning at 1 p.m. the weekend concludes Sunday morning with a meeting against No. 71 Princeton at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse at 10 a.m.. Fresno State brings a 1-5 mark into the WSU match, with four of the five losses coming against ranked teams. San Diego enters the weekend with a 2-2 record. Both of their wins have come against teams WSU has also defeated, Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara. Princeton carries a 4-3 record into the weekend and will face Fresno State Saturday before meeting the Cougars.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars swept all three matches last week, defeating BYU 4-3, UC Santa Barbara 6-1 and Seattle 4-1. Against BYU, WSU raced to a 3-0 lead before winning the decisive match as Charlotte Koning rallied from 4-2 down in the second set to win 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6, clinching the match. The Cougars had little trouble with UCSB, taking the doubles point and the first five singles matches en route to the win. Against Seattle, the match was halted once WSU clinched the team victory as WSU won the doubles point and the first three singles matches off the court.
COUGARS OFF TO FAST START: Washington State is off to an 8-1 start this season, matching the best start to a season since the Cougars began the 1983 campaign 11-1. WSU also went 8-1 to start the 2007, 2008 and 2011 seasons.
LUZINA STILL IN A GROOVE: Junior Elizaveta Luzina continues her fast start to the season, posting a 19-3 overall record and 8-1 mark in dual matches, all at the No. 1 spot. Luzina also started the 2012 season 19-3, though it trails former teammate Liudmila Vasilieva’s 24-1 start to the 2012 campaign. Luzina enters the weekend with 69 career victories and needs seven more to break into WSU’s career top 10 list.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: For the 2014 season the Cougars will have five new faces to go with five returners. The returning roster includes senior Olga Musilovich, juniors Elizaveta Luzina and Charlotte Koning and sophomores Lize Leenknecht (captain) and Dajana Ognjenovic. New to the squad this season are sophomore Maria Biryukova, who arrived in Pullman last fall after transferring from Baylor, senior Emily Funabiki, a Pullman native who arrived at WSU in January after graduating from Willamette, and freshmen Victoria Matejevic, Evie Li and Yumi Li.
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 11th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 131 wins over her Cougar tenure, and 176 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.