April 17, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. -
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University women's tennis team travels over to Seattle for the final two matches of the regular season. The Cougars will face Seattle University on Friday at noon. WSU will conclude regular season play Saturday when they take on No. 45 Washington.
ABOUT SEATTLE UNIVERSITY: Seattle University enters Friday's match with a 6-16 record. The Redhawks are coming off a 4-3 win over Eastern Washington, snapping their six-game losing streak. The Cougars are 6-1 all-time against the Redhawks.
ABOUT WASHINGTON: The 48th ranked Huskies enter their final regular season match at 12-9 while going 3-6 in conference play. Washington is coming off a 5-2 win agianst Sacramento State and a 5-2 win over Colorado. The Huskies currently have the No. 65 ranked doubles pairing in Elianne Douglas-Miron and Riko Shimizu. Although Washington leads the all-time series over the Cougars, WSU won the most recent meeting between the two schools, 6-1, last year.
LAST TIME OUT: In their last time out, the Cougars posted a 1-2 record. The Cougars opened weekend play when they faced off against Colorado. After claiming the doubles point, WSU went on to win five of the six singles matches, leading to a 6-1 victory over the Buffaloes. Ksenia Googe tied Ekaterina Burduli on the career singles list after her victory against Winde Janssens. The Cougars next opponent was Utah. Olga Musilovic and Andjela Kankaras provided the lone bright spots for WSU after they fell, 5-2, to Utah. The final match of the weekend came against BYU. Although WSU fought tough, they were bested in the end, falling 4-3 to BYU.
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 10th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 122 wins over her tenure, recording a 13-11 record so far this season. Last year 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.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Following weekend play, the Cougars will wrap up the regular season and start looking ahead at the Pac-12 Championships. The Pac-12 Championship will begin on April 25 and will conclude on April 28.
CLIMBING THE CAREER CHARTS: Senior Ksenia Googe is now tied with current assistant coach Ekaterina Burduli at No. 3 with 90 wins. Senior Andjela Kankaras commands the No. 6 spot with 86 wins. Kankaras needs one more win to equal that of Erica Perkins.
CLOSING OUT THEIR CAREERS: The four Cougar seniors will be playing in their final dual match's this Saturday. The four seniors include: Ksenia Googe, and Erin Troedson. They have combined for a totol of 292 singles victories throughout their careers, making them the most sucessful graduating class in WSU tennis history.