Feb. 2, 2011
This Week: The Washington State University tennis team will take its first road trip of 2011 to take on No. 41 Utah Thursday Feb. 3 and No. 73 BYU Friday Feb. 4. This is the first time the Cougars will face ranked opponents this season.
About the Utes: Utah has started 2011 0-3 against all ranked opponents. The Utes currently have two student athletes on the ITA singles rankings in addition to their team rank, Evgenia Kryuchkova at No. 60 and Anastasia Putilina at No. 82. The Utah tennis team had a successful run in 2010 by finishing the season with a 17-8 record, along with a trip to the NCAA Team Championships, falling in the first round to Washington. They also finished with a final national team ranking at No. 40.
About the Cougars: BYU has begun 2011 with a 2-1 record. Along with its current team rank, BYU has the doubles pair of megan Price and Callie Craig tied for 53 on the ITA doubles rankings. BYU finished 2010 with a final team rank of #70 and finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference.
Cougars Unbeaten at 5-0: The Washington State University tennis team has started 2011 with a 5-0 record. The last time the Cougars went 5-0 to start a season was in 2007.
Last Season: The Cougars finished 2010 with a 12-14 overall record and 1-7 in the Pac-10.
Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart is entering into her eighth season as head coach. Hart's overall record at WSU is 78-93. WSU is 18-8 under Hart in the month of January.
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: The Cougars will return to Pullman for another homestand as it hosts Santa Clara and Kansas Friday Feb. 11 at noon and Saturday Feb. 12 at 9 a.m., respectively.