Burduli and van de Ven Advance to Finals at Cougar Classic

Sept. 18, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - Members of the Washington State tennis team advanced to Sunday's finals in three flights during day two of the Cougar Classic at Stadium Way Tennis Center.

In No. 1 singles, sophomore Ekaterina Burduli (Tel Aviv, Israel) disposed of Portland's Cristin Sammis and Idaho's Patricia Ruman to advance to the final. Both matches were 6-1, 6-2. Burduli, ranked 45th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has lost only eight games in her three matches during the tournament. Burduli will play Boise State's Jana Mackova in the final.

WSU junior Marjolein van de Ven (Delft, Netherlands) defeated freshman teammate Maria Ring (Lingheim, Sweden) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals of the No. 2 singles bracket. Also moving to the final was Tatiana Ganzha of Boise State who defeated WSU's Bianca Selaru (Zalau, Romania) 6-0, 6-2.

Selaru teamed with junior Amy Toth (Mississauga, Ontario) to post a couple of victories and earn a sport in the final of No. 1 doubles. The Cougar duo will face Ganzha and Mackova of Boise State.

'I'm excited we are in the finals of three flights,' WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'We did pretty well today. We are still working on some things and I look forward to finishing the tournament strong.'

Sunday's other finals will pit Carolyn Berry of Boise State against Montana State's Allison Fey at No. 3 singles and Eastern Washington's Iliana Petrova and Marie Carroll versus Laura Leoni and Jaclyn Soltysik of Portland at No. 2 doubles.

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