Cougar Tennis Heads to Air Force Invitational
Oct. 4, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. -
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University women's tennis team gears up for the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 5-7. The tournament is set to begin on Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. PT.
VASILIEVA AT ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Senior Liudmila Vasilieva, the first Washington State player to be invited to the All-American Championships since 2004, fell in the opening round of qualifying to No. 71 Caroline Price of North Carolina 6-2, 6-4. Vasilieva won her first consolation match 6-2, 6-4 over No. 69 Karla Bonacic of Kansas State then saw her tournament end after falling to No. 39 Khunpak Issara of Pepperdine, 6-2, 6-3.
RECAP OF COUGAR CLASSIC: Liudmila Vasilieva captured the Cougar Classic title after defeating teammate Andjela Kankaras 6-4, 6-0 in the championship match of the Flight 1 singles bracket. Ksenia Googe reached the semifnal match in the Flight 1 bracket, falling to Kankaras 6-4, 7-5.
FALL SCHEDULE: Following this weekend's tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Cougars will wrap up fall competition with the ITA Regional in Stanford, Calif., October 19-23.
VASILIEVA GARNERS PRESEASON RANKING: Senior Liudmila Vasilieva received a preseason national ranking of 33 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. In 2012, the Yekaterinburg, Russia native posted a 32-9 record, the second-most single-season wins in school history, along with a 19-7 record in dual match play.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: This years Cougar tennis team includes four seniors: Liudmila Vasilieva, Ksenia Googe, Andjela Kankaras, Erin Troedson, one junior, Olga Musilovich, two sophomores, Elizaveta Luzina and Charlotte Koning, and freshman Lize Leenknecht.
CLIMBING THE CAREER CHARTS: Liudmila Vasilieva is currently No. 3 on WSU's career singles wins list with 88 victories. Ksenia Googe is now tied for No. 8 with 76 while Andjela Kankaras is just outside the top 10 with 70.
COACH HART: Washington State's Lisa Hart is in her 10th season as head coach of the Cougars. Hart's overall record at WSU is 109-110. Hart was named the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Region Coach of the Year, adding to a stellar season in which she was named the Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year while guiding the Cougars to the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship.
2012 RECAP: The Cougar tennis team finished the 2011-12 season with 19-7 record and a second-round showing at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. Last season's highlights included wins over six nationally-ranked teams, a first-round victory over No. 36 Florida State at the NCAA Championship, a weekend sweep over No. 26 Arizona and No. 27 Arizona State, the first time that has occurred in school history, and the first win over Arizona State in 19 matches. The Cougars also posted six conference victories, more than any previous WSU team, and finished fifth in the Pac-12 Conference.