The No. 31 ranked Cougar women's tennis team will travel a day early to California this week and take on No. 5 Stanford to makeup a match that was postponed due to weather at the end of March.
Should the Cardinals beat WSU, they will earn a share of the conference championship with USC.
The dual was only planned to be rescheduled if the winner of the Pac-12 conference depended on it.
With USC sitting atop the standings at 9-1 and Stanford sitting just a half game back at 8-1, the match is necessary for the Cougars to play just one day before the Pac-12 championships start on Thursday.
WSU’s 18-5 record as well as a 6-3 mark in conference has qualified them for a bid in the NCAA tournament. And while the Pac-12 championships are an individual-style tournament that doesn’t affect team seeding, the Cougars rescheduled regular season dual-match versus the Cardinals could.
Stanford’s roster features five players that are nationally ranked, including two of the top ten players in the country in No. 4 Nicole Gibbs and No. 5 Mallory Burdette.
Gibbs and Burdette also come together to make for the No. 2 doubles-duo in the nation.
For the Cougars, it’s an opportunity to further show how much they’ve improved as a team from this point last season.
With six wins, this season marks the most conference victories for WSU since the full conference schedule was established in 1999.
WSU’s No. 1 and 2 players junior Liudmila Vasilieva and senior Elisabeth Fournier also have tied the previous single-season wins mark set by Fournier in 2010. They each sit at 31 wins a piece on the year.
This season has also been a big one for Lisa Hart, who is in her ninth season as the head coach of Cougar tennis. Hart, who is just the second coach in WSU history to surpass 100 wins, currently sits at 120.