WSU Tennis Suffers First Loss Against No. 21 BYU

Jan. 20, 2006

LEWISTON, Idaho - The Washington State women's tennis team suffered its first dual match loss of the 2006 season against Brigham Young University ranked No. 21 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, in a close 4-3 match.

'It was a tough loss, but I'm proud of our girls and the effort they brought forth,' WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'They (BYU) were a very good team and I'm hoping we'll learn from the match and carry it over to the Gonzaga and Colorado matches.'

The highlight of the match for WSU came when junior Amy Toth upset Lauren Jones of BYU ranked No. 95, 6-4, 6-1. Toth has played all three of her dual matches in the No. 2 slot and has remained unbeaten improving her season record to 11-3.

Fellow WSU junior Marjolein van de Ven defeated BYU's Sofia Holden in close three-set match, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6). The Delft, Netherlands native, leads the team in wins accumulating a 12-3 record. She is currently undefeated in dual match play and has a national ranking of 81.

In the Cougars vs. Cougars showdown, BYU evened the all-time score with WSU, 3-3. BYU will soon head to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which invites only 16 teams to attend.

The Cougars will be back in action Friday, Feb. 3 against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time at Pullman, Wash. Then the Cougars will square up against Colorado Saturday, Feb. 4 at noon in Pullman, Wash.

WSU RESULTS vs. BYU

Singles1. No. 33 Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) def. No. 59 Ekaterina Burduli (WSU), 6-4, 6-22. Amy Toth (WSU) def. No. 95 Lauren Jones (BYU), 6-4, 6-13. Anastasia Sourkova (BYU) def. Maria Ring (WSU), 6-2, 6-14. No. 81 Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Sofia Holden (BYU), 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)5. Dolly Chang (BYU) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU), 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)6. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Rana El Derwy (BYU), 7-6, 6-2

Doubles1. Chang/Jones (BYU) def. Ring/Toth (WSU), 8-42. Boulytcheva/Holden (BYU) def. Burduli/Stefanova (WSU), 8-33. Jennifer Miccoli/Sourkova (BYU) def. Cekic/van de Ven (WSU), 8-2

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