WSU tennis extended their home winning streak to seven this weekend with a 7-0 victory against the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona.
The sweep at Hollingbery Fieldhouse puts the No. 30 ranked Cougars'record at 16-5 on the season.
To open play, WSU swept all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. At the No. 1 spot, juniors Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras won 8-5, with junior Liudmila Vasilieva and freshman Elizaveta Luzina cruising to an 8-2 victory. In the last doubles match, the senior-freshman combination of Elisabeth Fournier and Charlotte Koenig won 8-4.
The Cougars' dominance continued to carry over to singles play as WSU’s No. 1 and the nation's No. 48 Vasilieva won 6-0, 6-1.
The win marked No. 79 all-time for Vasilieva, who is already in the top ten all-time for victories at WSU in her junior year.
The only match to go three sets was No. 125 Fournier versus the Lumberjack's Hannah Stone at the No. 2 matchup, with Fournier winning 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-2).
Fournier’s victory was her 101st career win. She already claimed the record for all-time wins in January and continues to extend her mark.
All remaining singles matchups were won in two sets. Googe, Kankaras, Luzina and Koenig all cruised to victories in their individual matches.
The dual against the Lumberjacks marks a break in the Cougars'conference schedule, which they will resume as they finish their last two matches of the season at home against Oregon on Friday and No. 44 University of Washington on Sunday. Both matchups will start at 11 a.m.
Head Coach Lisa Hart said in an interview last week that she feels her team will guarantee themselves a spot in the NCAA Tournament if they finish in the top 45 of the national rankings.
Should the Cougars sweep their two remaining matches next weekend, they will nearly assure their place in the tournament, something that none of the players on the current roster have ever experienced.