March 20, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. -
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University women's tennis team returns to Pullman to face N0. 4 UCLA Friday, March 22. The Cougars will turn around and face No. 6 USC and Lewis-Clark State Saturday, March 23.
ABOUT UCLA, USC, and Lewis-Clark State: The No. 4 UCLA Bruins enter Pullman with an 11-2 record. The Bruins currently have six players ranked in the top 125 according to ITA. This includes No. 5 Robin Anderson and No. 58 Kyle McPhillips. Along with singles, the Bruins also have four doubles teams ranked among the top 80 according to ITA. The Bruins losses this year were dealt by the No. 1 UNC Tar Heels in which they fell 4-3 and No. 6 USC where they fell 4-2. No. 6 USC comes into Saturday's match with a 13-2 record. Like UCLA, the Trojans fell 4-3 to the UNC Tar Heels earlier in the year. The Trojans currently have five players ranked in the top 125 with three players ranked in the top 30 according to ITA. The Trojans also have three doubles teams ranked in the top 40, including the No. 1 duo of Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian. Lewis-Clark State is currently 3-4 on the season heading into Saturday's match. The Cougars are 16-0 against Lewis-Clark State.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars split the two matches in their last outing. They opened Tuesday against UNLV. After dropping the doubles point and the first two singles matches, the Cougars kickstarted a comeback after Andjela Kankaras and Charlotte Koning won their matches at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively. WSU dropped the next match and put the comeback out of reach, falling to UNLV 4-3. The Cougars closed out road play against No. 55 Oregon Sunday. After taking the doubles point, the Cougars wasted no time in secruing the victory, winning three of the first four singles matches. The final score of the match was 4-3 in favor of the Cougars.
WSU RANKED No. 60: In the most recent poll, the WSU women's tennis team garnered the No. 60 ITA national ranking. WSU is currently 11-5 on the season.
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 10th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 120 wins over her tenure, recording a 19-7 record along with a trip to the NCAA Championships in the 2011-12 season. 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 103. Vasilieva needs six 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 88. She only needs three more wins to surpass Ekaterina Burduli at No. 3. Senior Andjela Kankaras commands the No. 6 spot with 84 wins.
PARKING AT HOLLINGBERY: 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.