March 9, 2011
This Week: The Washington State University women's tennis team looks to rebound after five straight losses as it hosts three teams this weekend. Friday, March 11 WSU takes on Montana and Montana State in a doubleheader at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Sunday, March 13 the Cougars host cross-state rival No. 20 Washington at 11 a.m. All matches will be held at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
About the Grizzlies: In 2011 University of Montana is 6-7 overall, 3-0 in Big Sky Conference play. Last season, the Grizzlies finished 10-12 overall, 6-2 in the Big Sky with an appearance in the semi-finals of the Big Sky Conference tournament.
About the Bobcats: The Montana State tennis team is currently 4-5 overall, 2-1 in Big Sky Conference play. In 2010, the Bobcats went 8-10 overall, 5-3 in the Big Sky. They advanced to the semi-finals of the Big Sky Conference tournament.
About the Huskies: In 2011 the No. 20 Washington Huskies are currently 6-3 overall, 0-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference. Junior Denise Dy and Senior Venise Chan are ranked in doubles at No. 6. Dy is also ranked No. 6 in singles, and Chan at No. 27. Last season Washington made their third straight appearance and the NCAA Championships, advancing to the second round.
Last Week: WSU traveled to the desert to take on Arizona State and Arizona. Against No. 35 Arizona State the Cougars couldn't get anything started and fell 7-0. At Arizona WSU fought hard and went to the third set in two matches, but were defeated 6-1, with the lone victory coming from Elisabeth Fournier at No. 1 singles. The Cougars fell to 7-5, 0-4 in the Pacific-10 Conference.
Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart is entering into her eighth season as head coach. Hart's overall record at WSU is 86-101.
Fall Season Success: Junior Elisabeth Fournier reached the quarterfinal round of the ITA Northwest Regional hosted by Stanford. Senior Marina Nicolas won the Crimson Singles bracket at the Cougar Classic hosted in Pullman, and Ksenia Googe finished second in the Gray Singles bracket. Andjela Kankaras and Ksenia Googe also brought home the Crimson Doubles championship. Nine players finished the fall with a winning record.
Underclassmen Success: Entering into the 2011 season, WSU boasts six of nine players as underclassmen, with five of them being in the top six.
Next Up: WSU takes two weeks off before continuing its homestand by hosting UCLA, USC, and Portland State. Friday, April 1 the Cougars host UCLA at 11 a.m. WSU takes on USC Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3 the Cougars wrap up the weekend with a match against Portland State at 11 a.m.