The WSU tennis squad capped off an excellent individual fall season last weekend at the ITA Regional Tournament as seven Cougars, three of which were freshman, won their respective flights.
Senior Elisabeth Fournier, juniors Liudmila Vasilieva, Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras, and freshmen Elizaveta Luzina, Charlotte Koning and Anastasia Romantsova all finished their last bit of competitive tennis until January strongly.
“This fall, we’ve exceeded our expectation of where we thought we’d be at this point in the year,” Head Coach Lisa Hart said. “We have a really cohesive group that gets along really well. The girls generally like being around each other, and I think that’s really helped our team grow as much as it has.”
WSU Tennis has had something it’s been lacking in recent seasons – depth in the roster from both the upper and lower classmen. Even with the talent being spread out more evenly, chemistry has been the key to the Cougars' success this fall.
“I don’t even think of myself as an upperclassmen or the freshmen as freshmen,” Fournier said. “Everyone has a leadership role on the team and the freshmen have really stepped it up this fall. We have really good chemistry, so there’s been a lot of jokes and laughs at practice as the season's gone on.”
This was the final tournament of the individual fall season for WSU until they start dual-play in January.
In doubles play, the combination of Googe and Romantsova as well as Kankaras and Koning each won their respective flights.
“We’re really happy to keep building upon the success and progress we’ve already made and to keep progressing by January,” Hart said. “We’ve been having good practices and were excited to end the fall on a high note.”
The Cougars will start the season on a high note as well. They open their spring season at the Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu the weekend of Jan. 12, where they will face competition from Kansas, Kentucky and Hawaii.