March 27, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. -
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University women's tennis team faces Arizona on Friday and No. 21 Arizona State Sunday in the final home matches of the season for the Cougars.
ABOUT ARIZONA AND ARIZONA STATE: Arizona comes into Pullman with a 8-8 record one the season while going 0-3 in Pac-12 play. The Wildcats have struggled on the road this season, posting a 1-6 record so far. Arizona's Lacey Smyth is the only ranked player on the roster as the No. 64 player in the nation. They will be looking for revenge after WSU defeated them, 6-1, in the 2011-12 season. No. 21 Arizona State enters the weekend with a 13-1 record; their only loss coming against No. 9 Miami (Fla.). The Sun Devils have two players ranked nationally, including No. 23 Jacqueline Cako. Arizona State also has two doubles teams ranked nationally, their top pair consisting of Cako and Nicole Smith. The Cougars defeated Arizona State for the first time in school history, 7-0, during the 2011-12 campaign.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars went 1-2 in their last outing. The first match was agianst No. 4 UCLA on Friday, in which they fell 6-1. On a positive note, junior Olga Musilovich defeated No. 85 Catherine Harrison in straight sets to give the Cougars their lone point of the match. With the win, Musilovich boosted her dual match winning record to 15-1 on the season. On Saturday, the Cougars began the day against No. 6 USC. The task was overwhelming for WSU as they fell 7-0 to the Trojans. After about a 45 minute break, the Cougars turned around to face Lewis-Clark State. The previous matches did not phase WSU as the blanketed the Warriors, 7-0.
WSU RANKED No. 71: In the most recent poll, the WSU women's tennis team garnered the No. 71 ITA national ranking. WSU is currently 12-7 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 12-7 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.
USTA KIDS DAY: Prior to Sunday's match against Arizona State, cougar tennis will host a USTA kids day designed to expose junior and aspiring players to the game of tennis. There will be various activites, such as: an easter egg hunt, inflatable bouce houses, free food, free t-shirts, and free signed posters of this year's WSU women's tennis team. The event will begin at 10:30 on Sunday