April 15, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Elisabeth Fournier concluded her home career in grand fashion as she captured a pair of wins to lead No. 32 Washington State to a 6-1 victory over No. 50 Washington Sunday afternoon at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
With the win the Cougars conclude their dual match season with an 18-5 record, 6-3 in Pac-12 Conference play. The 18 wins are the most since the 1994 season while the six conference wins are the most in school history. Washington fell to 7-12 overall, 1-8 in conference action. .
The lone senior on this year's squad, Fournier, was honored in a pre-match ceremony then led the Cougars to their first win over Washington since the 2008 season.
The morning began with doubles play and the Cougars swept all three matches for the opening point. At No. 2, Liudmila Vasilieva and Elizaveta Luzina posted an 8-2 win over Julija Lukac and Natali Coronel before Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras clinched the opening point with an 8-4 win over Andjela Nemcevic and Riko Shimizu at No. 1. At No. 3, Fournier and Charlotte Koning made it a clean sweep as they defeated Samanthan Smith and Adrijana Pavlovic 8-4.
In singles play Fournier, currently ranked No. 105 in the nation, quickly extended the Cougar lead to 2-0 as she defeated Smith 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2. The win extended Fournier's school record for victories to 106 as she also tied her own school record with 31 wins in a season. Fournier, who is 31-6 this season, also posted 31 wins during the 2009-10 campaign.
At No. 1 singles, Vasilieva, the nation's 49th-ranked player, won a baseline dual with Nemcevic, 6-1, 6-2, giving WSU a 3-0 lead. Vasilieva matched Fournier's season total with her 31st victory against just six losses while defeating her fourth conference opponent this year.
The match was clinched at No. 3 when Googe posted a hard-fought 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lukac. Googe, who had the deciding victory in Friday's win over Oregon, improved to a career-best 27-9 this season while winning her sixth-straight match.
Washington earned its lone singles win at No. 4 when Coronel outlasted Kankaras 7-5, 6-1. AT No. 5, Luzina was leading Shimizu 3-0 when Shimizu retired, giving WSU a 5-1 lead.
Koning closed out the match for the Cougars at No. 6, defeating Pavlovic 6-3, 6-3, improving to 18-6 on the season.
The Cougars are next in action April 26-29 at the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY TENNIS
No. 32 Washington State 6 def. No. 50 Washington 1
April 15, 2012
Simmelink Tennis Court at Hollingbery Fieldhouse
No. 1 Andjela Kankaras/Ksenia Googe (WSU) def. Andjela Nemcevic/Riko Shimizu (UW) 8-4
No. 2 Liudmila Vasilieva/Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) def. Julija Lukac/Natali Coronel (UW) 8-2
No. 3 Elisabeth Fournier/Charlotte Koning (WSU) def. Samantha Smith/Adrijana Pavlovic (UW) 8-4
Order of Finish: 2,1,3
No. 1 No. 49 Liudmila Vasilieva (WSU) def. Andjela Nemcevic (UW) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 No. 105 Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) def. Samantha Smith (UW) 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 Ksenia Googe (WSU) def. Julija Lukac (UW) 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 Natali Coronel (UW) def. Andjela Kankaras (WSU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 5 Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) def. Riko Shimizu (UW) 3-0, ret.
No. 6 Charlotte Koning (WSU) def. Adrijana Pavlovic (UW) 6-3, 6-3
Washington State (18-5, 6-3)
Washington (7-12, 1-8)