Pair of Cougar Tennis Players Gain National Recognition

Jan. 10, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University's Ekaterina Burduli and Marjolein van de Ven earned national rankings in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The ITA ranks the top 100 women singles tennis players and the top 50 doubles pairs from their play in the fall.

Sophomore Ekaterina Burduli is the highest ranked Cougar in the No. 59 spot. The Tel Aviv, Israel, native had a strong fall season upsetting No. 31 Ramona But of Maryland in the semifinal at the Maryland Invitational. She also took home first place at the Cougar Classic and has a record of 8-4. Burduli began the fall season ranked No. 45 but slipped a few spots in the rankings after a couple defeats against ranked opponents.

Cougar junior Marjolein van de Ven earned her first ever national collegiate ranking at the No. 81 slot. During the fall season, van de Ven reached the finals at the Cougar Classic and the semifinals at the Maryland Invitational. Her biggest win came against No. 47 Christina Visico of California at the ITA Northwest Regional. She currently has a record of 9-3.

The Cougars start the 2006 season with a double header Jan. 17. Eastern Washington will be up first for the Cougars on January 17 at noon, WSU will take on Idaho at 3 p.m. Both matches are scheduled to be played in Pullman, Wash.

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