April 11, 2012
THIS WEEK: The No. 32 Cougars return to Pac-12 play when they take on No. 65 Oregon Friday, April 13, and No. 50 Washington Sunday, April 15. Both matches are set to start at 11 a.m. at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
ABOUT OREGON: The Ducks recently wrapped up their home schedule with a victory over Colorado, 7-0 and enter the ITA rankings at number 65. Led by their only senior, Trudie de Toit, Oregon has posted an 11-7 record thus far and sit 2-5 in Pac-12 play. The duo of Sofia Hager and Patricia Skowronski are currently ranked No. 50.
ABOUT WASHINGTON: The 50-th ranked Huskies have posted a 7-10 record, 1-7 in Pac-12 play. Washington is coming off a 7-0 win over Colorado and a 6-1 loss to No. 43 Utah. As of this week, the only Husky to garner a national ranking is Denise Dy, sitting at towards the top at No. 22.
COUGARS NATIONALLY RANKED: For the fourth week in a row that the Cougars have garnered an Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking at No. 32. Senior Elisabeth Fournier was awarded No. 105 and junior Liudmila Vasilieva sits at No. 49.
PRESEASON RANKINGS: 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. 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 118. 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 101 career wins. Vasilieva has recorded 79 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 29 wins each thus far. The duo now enters the top 10 for most victories. In the 2010 season, Ksenia Googe and Andjela 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 Kankaras, junior 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 head to the Pac-12 Championships April 26-29 in Ojai, Calif.