April 13, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Liudmila Vasilieva and Elisabeth Fournier each posted their 30th victory of the season to lead Washington State to a 5-2 win over No. 65 Oregon at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts Friday.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 17-5, 5-3 in Pac-12 play while Oregon falls to 11-8, 2-6 in conference action. The victory marks the most conference wins for the Cougars since the full conference schedule was established in the 1999 season.
The day began with doubles play with the Cougars earning the match point with victories at the first and third spots. At No. 3 Fournier and Charlotte Koning raced to an 8-2 win over Rabea Stuckemann and Pascale Neubert. WSU clinched the team point as the duo of Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras upset the nation's 50th-ranked team of Patricia Skowronski and Sofia Hager, 8-5, at No. 1. Oregon captured an 8-4 win at No. 2 when Julia Metzger and Trudie du Toit defeated Vasilieva and Elizaveta Luzina.
As the match turned to singles the Ducks struck first when Neubert cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Luzina at No. 5. WSU regained the lead when Fournier posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Skowronski at No. 2 for a 2-1 Cougar lead. The victory marked Fournier's 30th of the season, the second time in her career she has posted 30-plus wins. Fournier holds the school record with 31 victories set during the 2010 season.
Vasilieva extended the Cougar lead to 3-1 as she recorded a straight-set win at the No. 1 spot over Metzger, 6-4, 6-3. Vasilieva's 30th win this season is her career high and ties her with Fournier for second-most in a single season. The junior is 30-6 this season, tying her for the top mark on the team with Fournier.
At No. 3 Googe clinched the match for WSU as she rallied for a 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 win over du Toit, giving the Cougars their fourth point. Googe, who picked up her 26th win this season, a career best, won her fifth-straight match and eighth in her last nine outings.
Oregon picked up its second win at No. 4 when Hager held off Kankaras in two close sets, 6-4, 7-5. The loss snapped a four-match win streak for Kankaras, who has a recorded a 23-13 record this season.
In the final match of the day, at No. 6, Koning gave WSU its final margin of victory as she capped a three-set victory with a strong third set, winning 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Koning, who improved to 4-2 in Pac-12 play, is now 17-6 for the season.
The Cougars conclude their regular season Sunday when they host No. 50 Washington at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts at 11 a.m.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY TENNIS
No. 32 Washington State 5 def. No. 65 Oregon 2
April 13, 2012
WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts
No. 1 Andjela Kankaras/Ksenia Googe (WSU) def. No. 50 Patricia Skowronski/Sofia Hager (UO) 8-2
No. 2 Julia Metzger/Trudie du Toit (UO) def. Liudmila Vasilieva/Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) 8-4
No. 3 Elisabeth Fournier/Charlotte Koning (WSU) def. Rabea Stuckemann/Pascale Neubert (UO) 8-2.
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
No. 1 No. 49 Liudmila Vasilieva (WSU) def. Julia Metzger (UO) 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 No. 105 Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) def. Patricia Skowronski (UO) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Ksenia Googe (WSU) def. Trudie du Toit (UO) 6-1, 2-6, 6-0
No. 4 Sofia Hager (UO) def. Andjela Kankaras (WSU) 6-4, 7-5
No. 5 Pascale Neubert (UO) def. Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 Charlotte Koning (WSU) def. Rabea Stuckemann (UO) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Order of Finish: 5,2,1,3,4,6