This Week: The WSU women's tennis team will travel south to Portland and Oregon this weekend to conclude its 2011 dual match season. Friday, April 15 the Cougars will play at Portland at 1 p.m. The team then wraps up Pacific-10 conference play at Oregon Saturday, April 16 at noon.
About the Pilots: The Portland Pilots are currently 9-8 overall, 0-2 in West Coast Conference play. Last season, The Pilots ended 2010 6-13 overall, 1-4 in WCC play and finished sixth in the WCC tournament.
About the Ducks: This season the University of Oregon women's tennis team is 7-13 overall, 1-6 in Pac-10 play. In 2010, the Ducks were 7-15 overall, 1-7 in Pac-10 play. Oregon fell in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament.
Last Time Out: The Cougars hosted No. 6 UCLA, No. 14 USC and Portland State in a three match homestand two weeks ago. WSU fell to UCLA 7-0 Friday and USC 6-1 Saturday. In Sunday's match the Cougars dominated Portland State 7-0 on senior day. Jessica Gomez and Marina Nicolas were honored for their performances on the court and in the classroom during their careers at WSU.
Vasilieva and Googe Enter Doubles Rankings: WSU's No. 1 singles duo of Liudmila Vasilieva and Ksenia Googe enter the doubles rankings this week at No. 76. This is the first doubles ranking for WSU this season, as well as the first for each player. The last time a Cougar doubles team was ranked was in 2008, when Ekaterina Kamendova and now-assistant coach Ekaterina Burduli ranked at No. 9 in the Northwest region.
Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart is in her eighth season as head coach of the Cougars. Hart's overall record at WSU is 89-104.
Fournier Enters Record Book: Junior Elisabeth Fournier, who currently has 20 wins in 2011, enters the career singles victories list tied at eighth with Brenda Tate with 73. Fournier also joins Assistant Coach Ekaterina Burduli as the only Cougars to have three consecutive seasons with 20+ wins. Fournier currently holds the record for single season victories at 31, which she reached in 2010.
Next Up: The team will take a weekend off to prepare for the Pacific-10 Conference tournament held in Ojai, Calif. April 28-May 1. Match times will be announced at a later date.