The WSU tennis squad headed to Hawai’i last weekend for their first individual competition before dual-match play begins on Thursday.
The Cougars took eight players down to the Rainbow State as they competed at the Hawai’i Invitational against the likes of Hawai’i, Kansas and Kentucky.
Senior Elisabeth Fournier and juniors Liudmila Vasilieva and Ksenia Googe all went 3-0 in their singles matches. While sophomore Olga Musilovich and freshman Anastasia Romantsova each went 1-1. In addition junior Andjela Kankaras went 1-3 and freshman Elizaveta Luzina went 1-2. As a unit the Cougars posted a 13-7 mark in singles play.
WSU was led by the teams of Vaslieva and Luzina as well as Kankaras and freshman Charlotte Koning who posted 2-1 records for the weekend. The duo of Fournier and Musilovich went 1-2, while Googe and Romantsova lost their only match, putting the overall doubles record at 5-5.
In the first day of play, the Cougars matched up against Kansas in singles matches and won 4-6, while dropping 3-4 in doubles play to Hawai’i.
Friday proved to be WSU’s most dominant as they went head-to-head in singles play versus Kentucky and were able to win 5-7 matches, as well as all three of their doubles matchups against Kansas.
The Cougars finished the tournament by going 4-3 in singles against Hawai’i and 1-2 in doubles versus Kentucky. WSU’s only win in doubles play on Saturday was Vasilieva and Luzina taking down the No. 34 ranked-duo of Jessica Stiles and Khristina Blajkevitch.
Vasilieva and Luzina also took down the No. 42 ranked combo of Monica Pezzotti and Paulina Los of Kansas on Friday.
“We were very happy with the way we competed at Hawai’i,” head coach Lisa Hart said. We are looking forward to opening our dual match season this Thursday.
WSU will begin their dual-match season this in a double-header versus Lewis-Clark State and Idaho in Hollingbery Field House at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
This will mark the start of an eight game home stand for the Cougars, including a matchup against the nationally-ranked Sacramento State Hornets on Sunday starting at 9 a.m.