Cougar Tennis Advance Three to Singles Semifinals at Maryland Invitational

Sept. 23, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Ekaterina Burduli, Marjolein van de Ven, and Amy Toth moved to Saturday's semifinal round of their respected flights. The Cougars doubles tandem of Aleksandra Cekic and van de Ven also qualified for the semifinal round of flight C.

WSU's van de Ven advanced to the semifinals in flight C. The WSU junior beat Colleen Speaker of West Virginia 4-6, 6-1, retired to play in the quarterfinal round. A Zalau, Romania native, van de Ven defeated Jennifer Dent of Maryland 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Dent was last year's flight A tournament winner and seeded first in the flight C bracket. Anastayshya Dubova of LSU will be next up for van de Ven.

WSU sophomore Ekaterina Burduli continued her undefeated singles play with a 7-6, 7-5 victory over LSU's Mykaia Hedberg in the quarterfinals of flight A. Burduli, ranked 45th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association will face Romana But of Maryland in the semifinal round. But is seeded second in the flight and is ranked 31st nationally. The match-up will be Burduli's first ranked opponent of the year.

In singles flight B competition, Toth, a junior defeated Lauren Archer in a tough three-set match 5-7, 7-6, 7-5. Toth followed with a 6-1, 6-7 6-3 victory over Neda Mihneva in another close match.

Cekic, a freshman teamed with van de Ven to best Monica Lyskawa and Kelly Walsh of West Virginia 8-4. The duo is prepared to play against Yale's Karolina Gryglerowska and Lilian Nguyen.

Matches will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Tennis Center at College Park, Md.

  2005 Maryland InvitationalFlight A SinglesFirst RoundNo. 45 Ekaterina Burduli (WSU), BYESecond RoundNo. 45 Burduli (WSU) def. Hedberg (LSU), 7-6 (7-2), 7-5

Flight B SinglesFirst RoundToth (WSU) def. Archer (Duke), 5-7, 7-6, 7-5Second RoundToth (WSU) def. Mihneva (Maryland), 6-1, 6-7, 6-3

Flight C SinglesFirst Roundvan de Ven (WSU) def. Speaker (WVU), 4-6, 6-1, ret.Prinz (WVU) def. Stefanova (WSU), 6-4, 6-4.

Second Roundvan de Ven (WSU) def. Dent (1) (Maryland), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

ConsolationRing (WSU) def. Walsh (WVU), 6-3, 6-1Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), BYE

Flight D SinglesFirst RoundSelaru (WSU) def. Koontz (WVU), 0-6, 6-4, 6-0Second RoundSenic (2) def. Selaru (WSU), 6-4, 6-4

Flight A DoublesFirst RoundBaker/But (Maryland) def. Burduli/Ring (WSU), 8-3

Flight B DoublesFirst RoundPrinz/Thels (WVU) def. Selaru/Toth (WSU), 9-7

Flight C DoublesFirst RoundNaso/Rogers (Maryland) def. Hollyn Taub/Stefanova (WSU), 8-0Constantine/Koontz (WVU) def. Flynn/Konomos (WSU), 8-1Cekic/van de Ven (WSU) def. Lyskawa/Walsh (WVU), 8-4

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