May 10, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. -
THIS WEEK - The Washington State University tennis team (18-6 overall), ranked No. 31 (ITA) nationally, travel to Gainesville, Fla. to face No. 36 Florida State (13-10) in the 1st/2nd Rounds of the 2012 NCAA Championships, May 11-12, at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.
2012 NCAA TOURNAMENT - For the first time since the 2008 season, the Cougars will participant in the NCAA tournament. WSU will face No. 36 Florida State (13-10) in its first round match, May 11. This marks the first meeting between the two schools and they will be joined in Gainesville by host and No. 2 Florida (21-1), which faces South Carolina State (19-0). The winners of the first-round matches will meet Saturday, May 12 in second-round action with that winner advancing to Athens, Ga., site of the NCAA Tournament finals, May 17-22.he appearance marks the second for Cougar Head Coach Lisa Hart, who is in her ninth season guiding the Cougars.
2012 NCAA Championships Live Scoring - Fans and media can follow the action from the 2012 NCAA Tournament 1st/2nd Rounds in Gainesville, Fla. via the internet HERE
NCAA HISTORY - This year marks the sixth time in school history the Cougars have advanced to the NCAA Championship and the first since the 2008 campaign. WSU is 1-5 in NCAA Championship play, defeating Indiana, 4-0 in 2001, for its only victory. The Cougars also made NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998, 1999, 2002, and 2008.
WSU IN 2012 - This season has been a memorable one for the Cougars. After beginning the year with a seven-match win streak, the Cougars had wins over No. 26 Arizona and No. 27 Arizona State in consecutive matches. It was the first time that has occurred in school history and the first win against the Sun Devils in 19 attempts. Overall WSU was 5-6 against nationally-ranked teams, including wins over No. 40 Utah, No. 65 Oregon and No. 50 Washington. WSU reached a high ranking of No. 30 and has maintained a national ranking since mid-March.
SCOUTING FLORIDA STATE - The Seminoles enter the tournament with a 13-10 overall record. They closed out the regular season with a record of 12-9 before beating Virginia Tech in the first round of ACC Tournament. In the quarterfinal round, Florida State fell to No.8 North Carolina. While no singles players are ranked among the top 125 nationally, two doubles teams are ranked. Francesca Segarelli and Ruth Seaborne enter the tournament at No. 48 while Seaborne and Leyla Erkan are listed at No. 86. Florida State only has one Sweet 16 appearance in 14 trips, coming in 2010 when the Seminoles defeated North Florida and South Carolina before falling to North Carolina. Last season, FSU defeated Southern in the first round before falling to SMU in the second round.
COACH Lisa Hart - Washington State's Lisa Hart is in her ninth season as head coach of the Cougars. Hart is the second coach in Cougars history to surpass 100 wins, as she currently sits at 109. In December, Coach Hart was named the regional winner of the United State Tennis Association and Intercollegiate Tennis Association Sectional Campus and Outreach Award for the Pacific Northwest Section.
COUGARS SETTING RECORDS - Senior Elisabeth Fournier became the school's all-time wins leader Jan. 27 and has extended her total to 107 career wins. Junior Liudmila Vasilieva has recorded 81 wins, which places her fourth in in all-time career wins at WSU. For singles victories in a season, Fournier eclipsed her previous school record by one and enters this weekend with 32 wins, one more than Vasilieva. Junior Ksenia Googe has recorded 28 victories this season, a career-high for her and tied for fourth all-time.
TEAM WINS - By winning six of its final seven matches, the Cougars posted an 18-6 overall record, marking the highest win total for a Lisa Hart-coached team and just one shy of the school record, set in 1994. The previous high was 16, set during the 2008 season, the last time the Cougars reached the NCAA Championship. Additionally, the six conference wins are the most in school history.
COUGARS GARNER NATIONAL RANKING - The Cougars enter the NCAA Championship with a No. 31 national ranking, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. In addition to the team, junior Liudmila Vasilieva is ranked No. 51 in singles while senior Elisabeth Fournier is No. 108. Both players have been among the rankings for the majority of the spring season.