Jan. 23, 2012
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THIS WEEK: The Washington State University women's tennis team returns to Hollingberry Fieldhouse to host Seattle University at 9 a.m. and Portland State at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The Cougars will also host Montana State and Montana at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
ABOUT SEATTLE UNIVERSITY AND PORTLAND STATE: The Redhawks of Seattle University will travel to Pullman to open their dual match season. Later in the day, the team will travel to Moscow, Idaho to take on the Vandals. Portland State comes off a loss at the Bulldog Classic and will also open their dual match season in Pullman.
ABOUT MONTANA STATE AND MONTANA: Montana junior Heather Davidson and freshman teammate Laurence Pelchat earned a No. 3 ranking in the Mountain Region. The Bobcats of Montana State ended the fall season with a loss to, at the time, No. 39 Sacramento State.
NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY FREE SPORTS CLINIC: Washington State University invites all girls to participate in a free sports clinic to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The free sports clinic is open to girls in grades K-8 and will be held in Bohler Gym from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Jan. 28. For more information visit http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/ngwsd.html.
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.
FOURNIER NEARING SINGLES RECORD: Senior Elisabeth Fournier is closing in on WSU's all-time singles victory mark. Fournier surpasses Erica Perkins after successful matches against Lewis-Clark State and Idaho, she currently sits with 89. Current assistant coach Ekaterina Burduli holds the record with 90.
COUGARS IN THE COMMUNITY: The Cougars hosted a free clinic, Saturday Jan. 21 raising money for the Starehe Boys Center School in Kenya. The clinic raised $495 for the center. The team will collect rackets on Friday, Jan. 27 for the same cause.
LIVE STATS: Live stats can be found at wsucougars.com.
COACH HART: Washington State's Lisa Hart is in the ninth season as head coach of the Cougars. Hart is the second coach in Cougars history to surpass 100 wins, she currently sits with 104. 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.
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.
NEXT UP: WSU continues its homestand, hosting Eastern Washington Feb.3 with matches beginning at 9:30 a.m.