THIS WEEK: Washington State brings a 13-3 record into their two matches Tuesday against Pacific Northwest opponents Eastern Washington and Lewis-Clark State. The Cougars, ranked No. 53 in the latest ITA poll, host Eastern Washington at 2 p.m. Tuesday followed by Lewis-Clark State at 6:30 p.m. both matches will be played at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. EWU brings a 3-8 record into the match, having split their two matches last weekend, defeating Idaho State and falling to Northern Arizona. LCSC is 2-6 on the season, having defeated College of Idaho in its last match. WSU is 30-2 all-time against Eastern Washington and 17-0 against Lewis-Clark State.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars split their two Pac-12 Conference matches, defeating No. 60 Colorado 4-2 before falling to No. 44 Utah by an identical score. Against the Buffaloes WSU captured the opening doubles point then came away with three singles victories to secure the win. Against Utah, WSU lost each of the first two doubles matches in tiebreakers then went to three sets in the first four singles matches but did not have enough to overcome losing the opening doubles to suffer just its third defeat of the season.
UP NEXT: Following Tuesday’s matches, the Cougars embark on a four-match, conference road trip that begins March 21 at No. 56 Arizona. The road trip also includes No. 40 Arizona State (Mar. 22), No. 3 UCLA (Mar. 28) and No. 6 USC (Mar. 29).
SCHEDULE GETS TOUGHER FOR COUGARS: Following Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cougars enter the most difficult portion of their schedule as eight of the next nine 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 remains at No. 116 in the singles poll.
COUGARS AT 20-WIN MARK: While junior Elizaveta Luzina leads the team with 23 singles victories this season, two others have now reach the 20-win plateau. Sophomores Maria Biryukova and Lize Leenknecht recorded their 20th singles victories of the season last weekend while sophomore Dajana Ognjenovic is nearing the mark with 18 wins.
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 11th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 136 wins over her Cougar tenure, and 180 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.