May 31, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Senior Andjela Kankaras and sophomore Charlotte Koning were named to the 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic Women's Tennis Second Team, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Thursday. Three other Cougars, seniors Ksenia Googe and Liudmila Vasilieva, along with sophomore Elizaveta Luzina, received honorable mention honors.
A native of Niksic, Montenegro, Kankaras posted a 3.61 grade point average while majoring in hospitality business management. Kankaras ended her career at WSU last month tied for fifth on WSU's all-time singles victories list with 87. A two-time team captain, she also received the Beulah Blankenship Outstanding Student-Athlete Award, the WSU Senior Excellence in Academics Award and was an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. Earlier this month she was the recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Cissie Leary Sportsmanship and Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship awards. This is the third consecutive season Kankaras has received all-academic conference honors.
Koning (Kropswolde, The Netherlands), compiled a 22-13 singles record this past season. A member of the President's Honor Roll and WSU Athletics All-Academic team, Koning carries a 3.81 grade point average and has yet to declare a major.
Googe (Sochi, Russia) carries a 3.30 as a hospitality business management major. Googe ended her Cougar career with 92 singles wins, third all-time at WSU. This season marks the third-straight year in which she received honorable mention honors. Luzina (Moscow, Russia) maintains a 3.65 GPA and has yet to declare a major. This past season she led the team in combined wins with 43 and was named the team's most valuable player.
Vasilieva (Yekaterinburg, Russia) posted a 3.24 GPA and graduated last month with a finance degree. She leaves WSU second all-time in career singles victories with 107, one shy of former teammate Elisabeth Fournier. At last month's Senior Awards Banquet, Vasilieva was WSU's female recipient of the Pac-12 Conference Tom Hansen Conference Media, awarded to the top male and female student-athlete from each conference school.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and be a starter or significant contributor.