THIS WEEK: Washington State brings a 15-7 record (1-5 Pac-12 play) into this week’s matches against No. 29 Pepperdine and No. 40 Washington, both in Pullman. The Cougars will face Pepperdine Thursday at 11 a.m. at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. The Waves enter with a 10-4 record, having won their last six matches. WSU then faces Washington Friday at 11 a.m., at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts, weather permitting. The Huskies enter with a 10-8 overall record, 0-6 in conference play.
FAN ZONE: Fans attending Thursday’s match against Pepperdine will enjoy free pizza courtesy of Washington State Tennis while Friday’s match against Washington will be Campus Kids Day, with inflatables and free pizza for all fans in attendance.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars continued Pac-12 play at the Los Angeles schools, falling to No. 2 UCLA 4-0 and No. 12 USC 4-1.
UP NEXT: Following Friday’s match against Washington, the Cougars host a midweek match against No. 68 Denver (Apr. 9) following by a Saturday (Apr. 12) doubleheader against No. 12 California and No. 5 Stanford. All three matches will be played in Pullman.
SCHEDULE GETS TOUGHER FOR COUGARS: The Cougars are in the most difficult portion of their schedule. Last week they continued Pac-12 play with losses to No. 2 UCLA and No. 12 USC. This week they face No. 29 Pepperdine and No. 40 Washington, followed by consecutive matches against Denver (68), California (12) and Stanford (5).
COUGARS ADJUST UPCOMING SCHEDULE: Washington State has adjusted its upcoming home schedule and will now play two matches Saturday, April 12. The Cougars were scheduled to face California Friday, Apr. 11 and Stanford Sunday, Apr. 13. Both of those matches have been moved to Saturday, Apr. 12, with the Cougars hosting California at 9 a.m. and Stanford at 2 p.m. Additionally, the match against Denver, Wednesday, Apr. 9, will now begin at 9 a.m.
WSU REMAINS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are ranked No. 48 this week, the seventh-straight week in which they have been ranked after entering poll February 18 at No. 59. Junior Elizaveta Luzina remains in the singles poll at No. 106.
COUGARS AT 20-WIN MARK: While junior Elizaveta Luzina leads the team with 26 singles victories this season, three others have now reach the 20-win plateau. Sophomores Maria Biryukova and Lize Leenknecht recorded their 22nd singles victories of the season last week while sophomore Dajana Ognjenovic also hit the benchmark and stands at 20 wins on the season.
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 11th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 138 wins over her Cougar tenure, and 182 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.