Jan. 26, 2011
This Week: The Washington State University tennis team looks to continue their strong start to the 2011 season by hosting Eastern Washington and Idaho on Friday Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m and 2 p.m., respectively. The Cougars then host Gonzaga on Saturday Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. All matches will be played at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. WSU is 2-0 after defeating LCSC and Seattle last Friday.
About the Eagles: The Eagles finished the 2009-10 season 10-11 overall, 4-4 in the Big Sky conference. EWU opened the 2011 season with three match wins against Whitman, Whitworth, and Seattle.
About the Vandals: Idaho finished the 2009-10 season with a 20-6 record, and advanced to the Western Athletic Conference tournament. The Vandals opened 201 with two match wins over LCSC and Seattle. Vicky Lozano and Lauren Simpson are currently ranked at No. 8 in the region for doubles.
About the Bulldogs: The Bulldogs finished 2010 with a 14-7 record and advanced to the West Coast Conference tournament. Gonzaga opened 2011 with a win over Seattle.
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.
Cougars in Season Openers: WSU has won the last five season openers, dating back to the 2006 season. Last year, the Cougs defeated LCSC 7-0.
Next Up: The Cougars take their first road trip of the year to Utah, where they will face the Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday February 3rd at 2:30 p.m., followed by BYU in Provo on Friday February 4th at 11 a.m.