April 3, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. -
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University women's tennis team travels down to Colorado to take on the Buffaloes on Friday. The Cougars then take on No. 63 Utah on Sunday and close out play against BYU on Monday.
ABOUT COLORADO: No. 75 Colorado is currently sitting a 7-11 on the season, posting a 2-5 record in conference play. The Buffaloes are coming off a strong performance after defeating the No. 59 Oregon Ducks, 5-2, in their last outing. The Cougars are 1-3 all-time when facing Colorado.
ABOUT UTAH: No. 63 Utah is currently 8-7 in dual match play and 2-5 in conference play. The Utes have one player ranked nationally in No. 74 Tereza Bekerova and the No. 33 doubles team in Bekerova and Paige Miles. Utah has only lost one home match so far this season, defeated by Arizona State, 5-2. The Cougars are 6-2 all-time against Utah.
ABOUT BYU: BYU is 7-9 going into Monday's match against Washington State. After starting the season at 5-1, BYU has only won two of its last ten matches. The two wins come after defeating Hawaii, 4-3, and Portland, 5-2. The Cougars of Washington State are 7-6 all-time against BYU.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars were bested over the weekend by the Arizona schools, falling 6-1 to Arizona and 7-0 to Arizona State. In the match against Arizona, sophomore Elizaveta Luzina was able to secure the only point for the Cougars at the No. 3 singles spot. Luzina defeated her opponent, Laura Oldhma, in straight sets with a, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
WSU RANKED No. 70: In the most recent poll, the WSU women's tennis team garnered the No. 70 ITA national ranking. WSU is currently 12-9 on the season.
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 10th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 121 wins over her tenure, recording a 12-9 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.
CLIMBING THE CAREER CHARTS: Senior Liudmila Vasilieva is currently ranked No. 2 on WSU's career singles wins list with 104. Vasilieva needs five wins to surpass Elisabeth Fournier to become WSU's singles wins leader. Senior Ksenia Googe surpassed Erica Perkins to become No. 4 on the career singles win list with 89. She only needs two more wins to surpass Ekaterina Burduli at No. 3. Senior Andjela Kankaras commands the No. 6 spot with 84 wins.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following the match against BYU, the Cougars will conclude season play when they take on Seattle University and University of Washington on April 19 and 20 respectively. The Cougars defeated Seattle University, 7-0 and defeated UW, 6-1 last season.