Jan. 18, 2012
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University women's tennis team returns to Hollingberry Fieldhouse for an eight-match homestand. The Cougars host Lewis-Clark State at 9 a.m. and Idaho at 2 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 19 and Sacramento State on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 9 a.m.
ABOUT LEWIS-CLARK STATE, IDAHO AND SACRAMENTO STATE: The Warriors of Lewis-Clark State opened its season with a 7-0 loss to Idaho Jan. 16, also the season opener for the Vandals. Sacramento State will arrive in Pullman fresh from playing Washington Friday, Jan. 20. The Hornets enter the dual season ranked No. 48.
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.
LAST SEASON: The Cougars finished their season 13-10 and 1-7 in Pac-10 play.
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.
COACH HART: Washington State's Lisa Hart is in the ninth season as head coach of the Cougars. Hart's overall record at WSU is 102-114. 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.
FOURNIER NEARING SINGLES RECORD: Senior Elisabeth Fournier is closing in on WSU's all-time singles victory mark. Fournier is currently tied for second on the list with Erica Perkins, both with 87 wins. Current assistant coach Ekaterina Burduli holds the record with 90.
NEXT UP: WSU continues its homestand, hosting Seattle University and Portland State Jan. 27 with matches beginning at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.