Cougars Open Pac-12 Play In California
March 6, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. -
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University women's tennis team travels to California to take on No. 18 California on Friday and No. 20 Stanford Saturday.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA AND STANFORD: The No. 18 California Bears enter the weekend with a 5-4 record. The Bears currently have four players ranked in the top 125 according to ITA, including No. 5 Zsofi Susanyi and No. 8 Anett Shutting. California also has two doubles teams ranked in the top 30, No. 26 pairing of Susanyi and Klara Fabikova along with No. 30 duo of Lynn Chi and Shutting. Washington State is currently 1-15 all-time against California and have not beaten them since the 2001-02 season when they won, 5-2. No. 20 Stanford is currently 5-2 on the season after defeating California, 5-2, in their last outing. Stanford has five players ranked in the top 125 according to ITA. This includes No. 14 Krista Hardebeck and No. 31 Ellen Tsay. WSU has not beaten Stanford in the 20 times they have met, and looks to break that streak Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT: In their last outing, Washington State defeated Boise State 5-2. The Cougars started slow, reliquishing the doubles point early on. Washington State was not fazed and won five of the six singles matches to defeat the Broncos. Matches at No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 all were decided by a third set. At No. 1, after dropping the first set, Liudmila Vasilieva fought back to defeat Sandy Vo 6-7(7-9), 6-3, 6-2. Ksenia Googe won in similar fashion at the No. 2 spot, defeating Marlena Pietzuch 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Andjela Kankaras won the first set at the No, 3 spot, but was unable to hold off her opponent, falling 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 to Teal Vosburgh. Elizaveta Luzina, Olga Musilovich, and Charlotte Koning all won in straight sets at No. 4, 5, and 6, respectively.
PAC-12 PLAY ARRIVES: The Cougars will open Pac-12 play Friday when they travel down to California. They will face No. 18 California on Friday and then turn around and play No. 20 Stanford on Saturday. Along with these two schools, the Pac-12 currently has six teams ranked in the top 50 according to ITA. The Cougars will play nine of its next 11 opponents in conference action.
WSU RANKED No. 73: In the most recent poll, the WSU women's tennis team garnered the No. 73 ITA national ranking. This comes after defeating Boise State, 5-2, in their last outing. WSU is currently 10-2 on the season with their only losses coming against No. 20 Purdue and No. 44 Arkansas.
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 10th season as the head coach of Washington State. Hart has accumulated 119 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 103. Vasilieva needs six wins to surpass Elisabeth Fournier to become WSU's singles wins leader. Senior Ksenia Googe surpassed Erica Perkins to become No. 4 on the career singles win list with 88. If she wins both of her matches this upcoming weekend, she will be tied for third with Ekaterina Burduli. senior Andjela Kankaras commands the No. 6 spot with 82 wins.
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