March 26, 2012
THIS WEEK: The Cougars are back at home this week hosting three opponents. On Thursday, March 29 the Cougars will take on the Portland Pilots at 10 a.m. in Hollingbery Fieldhouse. After a visit from the Pilots, the Cougars will face two Pac-12 opponents, Colorado on Friday, March 30 and No. 35 Utah Sunday, April 1. Both matches are set to start at 11 a.m.
ABOUT PORTLAND: The Pilots are coming off a tough 7-0 loss to No. 33 St. Mary's. Portland is now 0-2 in WCC matches and sits at 4-8 this season.
ABOUT COLORADO: Last weekend, the Buffaloes dropped to 0-4 in Pac-12 play after falling to No. 3 USC. The Women of Troy swept the Buffs 7-0. Colorado falls to 7-8 overall, losing five out of their last six matches.
ABOUT UTAH: Currently ranked No. 35, the Utes are 8-7 overall this season and 0-4 in Pac-12 play. Utah dropped a pair of home conference matches against No. 3 USC, 7-0 and top ranked UCLA, 6-1. Sophomore Callie Craig earned the Utes' point against the Bruins by upsetting 119th-ranked Pamela Montez 5-7, 6-3, 14-12 at No. 3 singles.
COUGARS ENTER ITA RANKINGS: The Cougars earned a No. 38 national ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The last Cougar tennis ranking came April 26, 2011 when WSU was No. 75. Junior Liudmila Vasilieva is ranked No. 43.
FOURNIER NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Elisabeth Fournier was named West Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for March 12-18. This marks the second Player of the Week honor for Fournier this season, having also been named for the week of Jan. 23-29.
PRESEASON RANKINGS: Junior Liudmila Vasilieva earned a national ranking of 101 and a Northwest Regional ranking of 17 after finishing the fall season 10-1. Freshman Elizaveta Luzina, garnered a No. 123 national ranking following her first fall season of competition and posted a 9-1 record. Senior Elisabeth Fournier earned a Northwest Region ranking of 20 after finishing 9-2.
LIVE STATS: Live stats of all home Cougar tennis matches can be found at wsucougars.com.
COACH 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 114. 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 APPROACHING CAREER RECORDS: Fournier became the school's all-time wins leader Jan. 27 and has extended her total to 100 career wins. Vasilieva has recorded 77 wins, which places her in the top 10 mark in all-time career wins. For singles victories in a season, Fournier and Vasilieva are climbing the list recording 25 and 27 wins, respectively, thus far. The duo now enters the top 10 for most victories in a single season. In the 2010 season, Googe and Kankaras made the all-time season singles victories list with 23 wins each while Fournier set the record at 31 wins. Vasilieva ended her season at 27 wins, placing her fourth on the list.
FALL SEASON SUCCESS: Entering the 2012 season, eight Cougars finished the fall portion of the schedule with a winning record. In the season opening tournament, seven Cougars captured first place at the Kansas Invitational; senior Fournier, junior Vasilieva, junior Andjela Kankaras, junior Ksenia Googe, freshman Luzina, freshman Charlotte Koning and freshman Anastasia Romantsova. In the only home tournament of the fall, three players took first place at the Cougar Classic; Vasilieva, Googe and Luzina. Fournier had a strong showing at the ITA Northwest Regional held at Stanford Oct. 21-25, making it to the fourth round of play.
NEXT UP: The Cougars will host the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona Friday, April 6. Matches will begin at 11 a.m. in the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.