THIS WEEK: Washington State brings a No. 45 national ranking and 17-10 record (2-7 Pac-12 play) into this week’s match against Oregon, Saturday at 11 a.m. at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Oregon is 7-13 this season, 1-8 in conference play, and are looking to snap a six-match skid. They are at Idaho Friday before facing the Cougars. Oregon holds the edge in head-to-head meetings, 35-22, but the Cougars have won the last three outings.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars went 1-2 last week, defeating Denver 6-0 before falling to conference foes California (4-1) and Stanford (4-0). Against California senior Olga Musilovich posted a straight-set win over Klara Fabikova, the nation’s 94th-ranked player, to highlight the Cougar afternoon.
UP NEXT: Following this week’s matches, the Cougars will compete at the Pac-12 Championships, April. 24-27 at Ojai, Calif.
COUGARS TO RECOGNIZE SENIORS MUSILOVICH AND FUNABIKI: Prior to Saturday’s match against Oregon, Cougar Tennis will recognize seniors Olga Musilovich and Emily Funabiki, who will be competing at home for the final time. Musilovich has spent the past four years in a Cougar uniform while Funabiki, a Pullman native, joined the squad this past January. Both players will be honored at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, prior to the match.
COUGARS IN SINGLE-SEASON RECORD BOOKS: With a few matches still remaining this season, a few Cougars have found their way into the single-season record books at WSU. Junior Elizaveta Luzina’s 29 singles wins are the fourth-most in school history, four shy of Elisabeth Fournier’s single-season record of 33 set in 2012. Luzina and teammate Lize Leenknecht have accumulated 24 doubles wins this season, second to Stacy McKenna and Erica Perkins 25 set in 2002. Sophomore Maria Biryukova has recorded a 25-8 singles record, tied for 10th on the single-season list of victories.
WSU REMAINS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are ranked No. 45 this week, the ninth-straight week in which they have been ranked after entering poll February 18 at No. 59. Junior Elizaveta Luzina, who moved from No. 106 to a career-best 72nd last week, fell 10 spots and now sits 82nd nationally.
LUZINA, MUSILOVICH MOVE INTO TOP 10 ALL-TIME: Junior Elizaveta Luzina and senior Olga Musilovich have moved into the all-time top 10 for wins at Washington State. Luzina, who leads the Cougars with 29 singles victories this season, currently stands at 79 for her career, tied for seventh all-time. Musilovich, who missed last fall but has amassed 16 singles wins in dual matches this year, has 76 career victories, tied for 10th with two others.
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 11th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 140 wins over her Cougar tenure, and 184 in her career that includes three years as head coach at Virginia Tech. With her next victory Hart will move past Cari Groce and into first on WSU’s all-time tennis wins list.
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.