Cougars Set to Host Montana, Nevada Saturday
Feb. 14, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. -
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University Women's Tennis team hosts Montana and Nevada Saturday at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. The Cougars open against Montana at 10 a.m. and then turn around to face Nevada at 4 p.m.
ABOUT MONTANA: The Grizzlies enter the weekend with a 2-2 record. After dropping their first two matches to Marquette (6-1) and Minnesota (4-3), Montana bounced back to sweep North Dakota and South Dakota. WSU's record against Montana is 27-4 heading into Saturday's match.
ABOUT NEVADA: The Wolf Pack are currently 0-1 after falling in their season opener to BYU, 5-2. This will be the fourth meeting between Washington State and Nevada. WSU's record against Nevada is 1-2 going into Saturday's match.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars had a dominating performance their last time out, dropping only one match last weekend. WSU began weekend play Friday against No. 58 Sacramento State. The Cougars broke a four-match skid against Sacramento State, rolling past the Hornets with a 7-0 victory. Saturday morning, the Cougars opened against Gonzaga. The Cougars showed no sign of fatigue from the previous match, defeating the Bulldogs 6-1. In their final match Saturday afternoon, WSU faced Eastern Washington. Although the Cougars had already played two matches, they were able to easily defeat the Eagles, 7-0.
VASILIEVA NEARING CENTURY MARK: Senior Liudmila Vasilieva enters this weekend with 99 career victories, second all time at WSU. Vasilieva trails former teammate Elisabeth Fournier, who ended last season with 108 career victories. The senior from Yekaterinburg, Russia, is 18-4 this season, including 7-1 in dual matches.
WSU RANKED No. 35: In the most recent polls, the WSU women's tennis team garnered the No. 35 ITA national ranking. This comes after a weekend sweep of No. 58 Sacramento State, Gonzaga, and Eastern Washington. WSU is currently 6-2 on the season with their only losses coming against No. 24 Purdue and No. 37 Arkansas.
COACH HART: Lisa Hart enters her 10th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 115 wins over her tenure, recording a 19-7 record along with a trip to the NCAA Championships in the 2011-12 season. Hart was awarded the PAC-12 Conference Women's Tennis Coach of the year award for the 2011-12 season.
CLIMBING THE CAREER CHARTS: Senior Liudmila Vasilieva is currently ranked No. 2 on WSU's career singles wins list with 99. Vasilieva needs nine wins to surpass Elisabeth Fournier to become WSU's singles wins list leader. Senior Ksenia Googe sits at No. 5 on the all-time wins list with 85 and senior Andjela Kankaras moves into a tie for sixth all-time with 79 wins.
PARKING AT HOLLINGBERY: Fans coming to Cougar Tennis matches this season can park in the Yellow 1 parking lot located directly south of Beasley Coliseum. There will not be any charge for parking on weekends, and daily passes can be purchased for weekday contests. Another option for tennis fans to park would be the Library Garage. The garage costs $3 for the entire day to park on either a Saturday or Sunday.
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