Cougars Set to Host Hornets
Feb. 4, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash.- The Washington State women's tennis team (3-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10), ranked No. 59 (ITA) nationally, plays host to No. 45 Sacramento State (1-0 overall, 0-0 Big Sky) Saturday at the Simmelink Tennis Court at the Hollinbery Fieldhouse.
Match Against the Hornets - Sacrmento State has started the season with a record of 1-0 after they rolled over the 44th-ranked Pepperdine Wave, 7-0. The Horents are led by No. 58 Katrina Zheltova who has posted 5 victories on the season including an upset over Florida State's No. 35 Katie Rybakova 6-2, 6-4. Saturday's match will mark the fifth meeting between these two squads with WSU leading the all-time series 4-0.
Last Week - The Cougars traveled Evanston, Ill. to take part in the National Indoor Qualifier. This unique event showcases the top 60 men's and women's varsity teams in the country squaring off at 15 campus sites each. The 15 men's and 15 women's teams to win both of their matches will be invited to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, February 13-16. The Cougars started off weekend with a battle against Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane won the opening doubles point and then won three singles matches en route to a 4-0 win. The second match of the weekend consisted of a back-and-forth battle betweenCougars and the Lobos. New Mexico won the match 4-3 after Manumea Durie defeated Jessica Gomez in three sets 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (4).
WSU Tennis Clinic - The Washington State University tennis team will be hosting a tennis clinic in Honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Feb. 4, 2009, from 6-7 p.m. The clinic will be free and open to any female and any age may come and participate.
Kamendova Update - Ekaterina Kamendova was released from the McKay-Dee Medical Center in Ogden, Utah Friday and has returned to Pullman where she will continue to recover and be evaluated.
Rankings - After losing matches to both Tulsa and New Mexico, the Cougars fell 15 spots in the rankings to No. 59 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. Freshman Elisabeth Fournier is currently ranked No. 124 while sophomore Ekaterina Kamendova is ranked No.119.
Team Leaders - Freshman Elisabeth Fournier is leading the way for the Cougars with a 13-3 record. Sophomore Ekaterina Kamendova has a record of 9-2, senior Aleksand Cekic has posted a 9-7 record, sophomore Marina Nicolas has posted a 10-5 record, Jessica Gomez has recorded a 9-7 record and Ioana Oprea has earned 8 victories.
Next Up - The Cougars will take a week off before heading to Euegene, Ore. to take on the Oregon Ducks Feb. 21 and Ohio State Feb. 22.