March 30, 2011
This Week: The Washington State women's tennis team returns to the court after two weeks off to close out its home matches for 2011. The Cougars will face Pacific-10 Conference opponents No. 6 UCLA and No.14 USC Friday, April 1 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m., respectively. Sunday, April 3 the Cougars take on Portland State at 11 a.m. Friday's match will be held at the WSU Outdoor Courts while Saturday and Sunday matches will be played at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
About the Bruins: No. 6 UCLA is 12-5 overall, 3-3 in the Pac-10 and sits in second place in the conference standings. The Bruins have three ranked singles players, as well as three doubles duos in the top 50. UCLA concluded the 2010 season at 21-4 overall, 9-1 in Pac-10 play. The team advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Team Championships and finished the dual match season with a final rank at #6.
About the Trojans: No. 14 USC currently holds the fourth place spot in Pac-10 Conference play with a 10-4 overall, 2-4 Pac-10 record. The Trojans have two ranked singles players, including No. 1 Maria Sanchez. Additionally, USC has two doubles teams ranked in the top 25. In 2010 the Trojans advanced to the second round of the NCAA Team Championships while finishing with a 14-10 overall record, 5-6 in Pac-10 play and a final rank at No. 20.
About the Vikings: The Portland State women's tennis team is currently 4-8 overall, 1-3 in Big Sky Conference play and stands in seventh place. Last season, the Vikings finished 2-17 overall, 0-8 in the Big Sky.
USTA Campus Kids Day: Come join the WSU tennis team to celebrate the United States Tennis Association Campus Kids Day, April 2 as the Cougars take on the USC Trojans. Match time is set for 2 p.m., with a pre-match autograph session and an appearance by Butch T. Cougar, along with other giveaways and prizes throughout the match. Lunch will be provided, and following the match all kids are invited to an ice cream social with the team.
Last Time Out: The Cougars swept Montana and Montana State 6-1 and 7-0, respectively, two weeks ago in Pullman. Two days later WSU faced off with rival Washington, nearly upsetting the Huskies before falling 4-3. The Cougars are now in eighth place in the Pac-10 with a 10-7 overall record, 0-5 in conference play.
Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart is in her eighth season as head coach of the Cougars. Hart's overall record at WSU is 88-102.
Fournier Enter Record Book: Junior Elisabeth Fournier, who currently has 20 wins in 2011, enters the career singles victories list tied at eighth with Brenda Tate with 73. Fournier also joins Assistant Coach Ekaterina Burduli as the only Cougars to have three consecutive seasons with 20+ wins. Fournier currently holds the record for single season victories at 31, which she reached in 2010.
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: After a week off, WSU wraps up the regular dual match season when they travel to face Portland Friday, April 15 and Oregon Saturday, April 16.