April 23, 2012
THIS WEEK: Washington State will play Stanford on Wednesday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m. in Ojai, Calif. The Pac-12 Championships begin the next day and end Sunday, April 29. The Cougars are now 18-5, 6-3 in Pac-12 play. This season marks the most conference wins for the Cougars since the full conference schedule was established in the 1999 season.
ABOUT STANFORD: The Cardinals hold a record of 17-1, 8-1 in Pac-12 play. Stanford is coming off a 4-3 win over No. 10 California after losing to UCLA 5-2 the week prior. Two doubles teams are nationally ranked, at No. 2 Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs and at No. 29 Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay. The Cardinals top five singles players are nationally ranked as well; No. 4 Nicole Gibbs, No. 5 Mallory Burdette, No. 54 Stacey Tan, No. 61 Ellen Tsay and No. 79 Annie Goransson.
COUGARS GARNER NATIONAL RANKING: For the seventh week in a row that the Cougars have garnered an Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking. The Cougars were awarded No. 31 for the week of April 17, 2012. Senior Elisabeth Fournier jumped to No. 103 and junior Liudmila Vasilieva sits at No. 53.
PRESEASON RANKINGS: 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. Fournier earned a Northwest Region ranking of 20 after finishing 9-2.
LIVE STATS: Live stats of all home Cougar tennis matches can be found at wsucougars.com.
COACH HART: Washington State's Lisa Hart is in her ninth season as head coach of the Cougars. Hart is the second coach in Cougars history to surpass 100 wins, as she currently sits at 120. 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.
COUGARS SETTING RECORDS: Fournier became the school's all-time wins leader Jan. 27 and has extended her total to 103 career wins. Vasilieva has recorded 81 wins, which places her in the top 10 mark in all-time career wins. For singles victories in a season, Fournier and Vasilieva now sit at the top of the all-time list recording 31 wins each thus far. In the 2010 season, Googe and Kankaras made the all-time season singles victories list with 23 wins each while Fournier set the record at 31 wins. Vasilieva ended her season at 27 wins, placing her fourth on the list.
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 AndjelaKankaras, junior KseniaGooge, 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: The Cougars will stay in Ojai, Calif. to compete in the Pac-12 Championships beginning April 26.