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WSU Tennis Heads to Pac-10 Tournament
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/27/2011
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April 27, 2011

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The Washington State University women's tennis team (13-10, 1-7 Pac-10) head to the Pacific-10 Conference tournament in Ojai, Calif. at the 111th Ojai Valley Tournament. Singles championship and invitational competition begins the morning of Thursday, April 28 while doubles play begins Friday, April 29.

About the Pac-10: The conference currently has eight of nine teams ranked in the top ten, five in the top 20 according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Pac-10 also has 24 singles players in the rankings, along with 15 doubles teams.

Last Year at the Pac-10's: Elisabeth Fournier advanced to the quarterfinals of singles play, but fell to No. 17 Marina Cossou of California. Liudmila Vasilieva and Marina Nicolas both advanced to the second round of their respective draws.

Last Time Out: WSU closed out its 2011 dual match season two weeks ago with victories over Portland and Oregon. The Cougars defeated Portland 7-0, and Oregon 5-2 for their first Pac-10 victory.

Twenty Victory Club: Four Cougars have won 20 or more matches this season. Fournier and Vasilieva each have 22, followed by Ksenia Googe with 21 and Olga Musilovich with 20.

Cougars Enter Team Rankings: This week Washington State re-entered the ITA team rankings at No. 75. This is the fourth ranking of the season for the Cougars. The last time WSU was ranked was March 1, 2011 when they team came in at No. 71.

Vasilieva and Googe Ranked at No. 85: WSU's No. 1 doubles duo of Vasilieva and Googe came in this week's rankings at No. 85. For the last two weeks, Vasilieva and Googe have been ranked at No. 76. The last time a Cougar doubles team was ranked prior to this season 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: Fournier two victories against Portland and Oregon moved her to seventh on the career singles victories list with 75. She most recently passed Brenda Tate (73) and Narelle Hall (74). 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.

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