Feb. 23, 2011
This Week: The Washington State University women's tennis team travels to Northern California for three matches this weekend. Thursday Feb. 24 the Cougars will take on No. 39 Sacramento State at 2:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 25 marks the start of Pacific-10 conference play with a match at No. 6 California beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Cougars conclude the trip at No. 1 Stanford Saturday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m.
About the Hornets: No. 39 Sacramento State is currently 3-1, with key wins over No. 43 Pepperdine and No. 40 Saint Mary's. Tatsiana Kapshai is ranked No. 103 in singles. The Hornets finished last season 19-6 overall, 8-0 in the Big Sky Conference to capture the conference title. The team went to the NCAA Championships but fell in the first round.
About the Bears: The No. 6 California Golden Bears are currently 3-0, with wins over No. 4 UCLA, No. 41 Pepperdine, and No. 60 San Diego State. The Bears have four singles players and one doubles pair currently ranked. In 2010, California finished 20-6, 5-2, along with advancing to the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships. Jana Juricova finished as the runner-up in the Singles Championship.
About the Cardinal: No. 1 Stanford is currently 9-0. Last weekend, the Cardinal competed in the ITA Team Indoor Championship in which they defeated six ranked opponents en route to their first place finish. Stanford currently has four singles players and one doubles team ranked. Last season, Stanford finished 25-1, 8-0 for the Pac-10 Conference title. The Cardinal are the current defending NCAA Team and Doubles National Champions.
Last Week: The Cougars fell 5-2 in a close match to No. 44 Boise State. Elisabeth Fournier and Lea Jansen had the only doubles victory, while Fournier and Ksenia Googe had the only singles wins. WSU is now 8-2 on the season.
Fournier Ranked at No. 125: This week junior Elisabeth Fournier remains at No. 125 in the ITA rankings. Fournier also received a fall preseason rank at No 43, as well as finishing the 2010 dual-match season with a final rank of No. 65.
Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart is entering into her eighth season as head coach. Hart's overall record at WSU is 86-95.
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: Next week WSU continues its road trip to No. 28 Arizona State Friday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m. The Cougars then play at No. 41 Arizona Saturday, March 5 at noon.