March 2, 2011
This Week: The Washington State University women's tennis team continues their two-week road trip when they take on No. 35 Arizona State Friday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Tempe and No. 26 Arizona Saturday, March 5 at noon in Tucson.
About the Sun Devils: No. 35 Arizona State University is currently 6-2 overall in the 2011 dual match season. This weekend marks their start to Pacific-10 Conference play. In addition to their team rank, the Sun Devils have four singles players and two doubles teams in the ranks. Last season, ASU posted a 13-5 overall, 5-3 Pac-10 record with a trip to the NCAA Team Championships where it advanced to the second round.
About the Wilcats: No. 26 Arizona is currently 10-2 and are set to open Pac-10 play this weekend. Junior Natasha Marks is ranked at No. 99 in singles, as well as No. 67 with partner and fellow junior Sarah Landsman at doubles. The Wildcats finished the 2010 dual match season with a 13-9 overall, 1-7 Pac-10 record and an appearance at the Pac-10 Championships.
Last Week: The Cougars had a tough weekend in Northern California against three top-40 teams. WSU came close to upsetting No. 39 Sacramento State, but fell 4-3. The team then faced No. 5 California and No. 1 Stanford in consecutive days, getting swept by both 7-0.
Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart is entering into her eighth season as head coach. Hart's overall record at WSU is 86-98.
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 return home for a three-match weekend. Friday, March 11 the team hosts Montana and Montana State for a doubleheader at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Sunday, March 13 WSU hosts cross-state rival No. 20 Washington at 11 a.m. All matches will be played at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.