Jan. 12, 2012
This Week: The Washington State University women's tennis team opens it 2012 season at the Rainbow Wahine Spring Invitational hosted by Hawai'i, Jan. 12-14 in Honolulu. The team will compete against host Hawai'i, Kansas and Kentucky.
About Hawai'i, Kansas and Kentucky: The Rainbows enter the tournament with a 1-1 record with a win over Penn State and a loss to No. 6 Baylor. Kansas, which WSU defeated 4-3 last season, currently has two doubles teams ranked in the top 45 nationally, No. 29 Ekaterina Morozova/Dylan Windom and No. 42 Monica Pezzotti/Paulina Los. Kentucky posted a 5-20 record last year and has one doubles team in the national rankings, No. 34 Jessica Styles and Khristina Blajkevitch.
National and Regional 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 8-2.
Last Season: The Cougars finished their season 13-10 and 1-7 in the Pac-10.
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.
Coach Hart: Washington State's Lisa Hart is in the ninth season as head coach of the Cougars. Hart's overall record at WSU is 102-114. 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.
Fournier Nearing Singles Record: Currently No. 3 with 83. Assistant Coach Ekaterina Burduli holds the record with 90 and Erica Perkins following with 87.