WSU tennis took a break from their team-schedule last week to participate in the individual style Pac-12 tournament in Southern California.
The tournament features two-singles flights as well as two doubles.
In the singles Championship flight, WSU’s junior Liudmila Vasilieva was rested by Head Coach Lisa Hart to get ready for the upcoming NCAA tournament in mid-May.
“Her body just needs a chance to recover for the NCAA tournament,” Assistant Coach Ekaterina Burduli said. “She wasn’t feeling too great so we figured we’d give her some time to get over some small injuries that have been nagging her lately. We did the same thing with Liza (Luzina) and her quad this weekend too.”
Cougar senior Elisabeth Fournier, was defeated in two sets, 6-2, 6-3 by No. 55 Tayler Davis of Cal., and junior Ksenia Googe also lost in two sets, 6-0, 6-1 to No 7. Jana Juricova of Cal.
The singles invitational flight fared better for the Cougars. Freshman Charlotte Koning defeated Hailey Johnson of Arizona 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Junior Andjela Kankaras lost her first round match to Arizona’s Sarah Landsman in a close 0-6, 6-0, 7-5 loss. While sophomore Olga Musilovich beat Utah’s Danielle Flores 7-5, 6-3.
“Olga (Musilovich) is a great team player,” Burduli said. “She’s in and out of the lineup with Charlotte (Koning) for that last spot, but they both do a good job of accepting either role we give them. They are great contributions at the bottom of the lineup.”
Koning went on to advance past Arizona State’s Joanna Smith because of injury, then lost in the third round to USC’s Gabi Desimone 6-2, 6-2. Musolivich also made it to the third round by beating Carling Seguso of UCLA 6-2, 7-5. Her next match featured a loss to USC’s Valeria Pulido 6-4, 6-2 and that was it for WSU’s run in the singles tournaments.
In doubles-play, the Cougar duo of Googe and Kankaras lost 8-1 in the first round of the championship flight to the No. 1 doubles-team in the country in Stanford’s Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs.
The Cougars featured two teams in the invitational flight. Fournier and Koning were unable to takedown a UCLA team in an 8-2 loss.
The junior-freshman combination of Vasilieva and Luzina beat an Oregon duo in the first round with an 8-2 victory before losing to a Cal team in the second round 8-3.
Next up for WSU is the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament which will be held May 11-12. The final bracket will be introduced on Tuesday as the Cougar watch the selection show to see what seed they’ve earned and who they will play. WSU’s 18-6 record marks the most wins by a Cougar tennis team since the 1993-94 season.
“We’re really looking forward to the tournament. We know we’re in the team-bracket and hope that Luda (Vasilieva) had a good enough season to make the individual tournament as well,"Burduli said."The Pac-12’s were great, but it’s nice to be done and look ahead to what we’ve been working toward as a team all season.”