Cougar tennis opened their dual-match season last Thursday to start an eight-game home stand that includes a match-up versus the No. 48 ranked Sacramento State Hornet’s.
The match was scheduled for last Sunday, but weather conditions have moved the showdown to Feb. 11.
Last season WSU lost to the Hornet’s in a tight 4-3 dual-match down in Sacramento. The rematch has been much anticipated by Head Coach Lisa Hart and her team.
“We lost a tough one down there last year, and we had a lot of chances to win the match, so emotionally it was a hard loss,” Hart said. “All of our returners are definitely excited to have another chance to play them on Sunday. And we really believe we should be in those national rankings, so this is a big chance for us to have a good shot at breaking into them if we can get a win on Sunday.”
The match against Sacramento State will give tennis fans a chance to bring their old and used racquets to the event. These donations will then be given to a school in Kenya, and donors will receive a free Cougar Tennis t-shirt. Free coffee and donuts will also be available as part of the event.
Last Thursday the Cougars opened their team season in a double-header versus Lewis-Clark State College and University of Idaho; winning both matches in dominate 7-0 fashion.
“If we beat all the non-ranked teams like we expect to, and take down Sacramento State or another ranked-team, we should be able to crack into those national rankings” Hart said.
Eventually WSU hopes to not just be in the national rankings, but to make it to the top 30.
So far, Hart has been happy with the attitude and play of her team.
“We’ve seen what we thought we’d see; everyone in the lineup being able to contribute,” Hart said. “It’s exciting. We have some tough lineup decisions and we haven’t had it be this difficult in a long time, so it’s nice to have some hard decisions to make.”
The Cougars' next home matches will take place this weekend as they take on Portland State at 2 p.m. on Friday, and Montana State and Montana in a double-header on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.