Cougars Fall to Rival Huskies

March 26, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. -The Washington State women's tennis team fell to rival Washington, 4-3 Sunday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The loss drops the Cougars to 11-9 on the season and remain 0-4 in the Pacific-10. The match was played as non-conference and will not be tallied in the conference record. The two teams will meet again, Friday, April 21 as a conference match.

Washington State sophomore Ekaterina Burduli and partner Marjolein van de Ven both found success in doubles and singles play. The duo defeated Tara Simpson and Monika Kolbovic, 8-4 and put the Cougars in good position to win the doubles point. Washington then stormed back with Melinda Wong and Stephanie Svanfeldt in the No. 3 slot as they defeated Aleksandra Stefanova and Biance Selaru, 8-6. In the deciding doubles match WSU's Maria Ring and Amy Toth could not upset No. 38 Dinka Hadzic and Victoria Brymer. The WSU tandem dropped the match at the No. 1 slot, 9-8 and the doubles point was then given to Washington.

Captain Burduli was not finished with her winning ways. After the Cougars were down 3-1 in the match Burduli battled No. 98 Dinka Hadzic in the No. 1 singles slot. Burduli, nationally-ranked 77th, took down Hadzic, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Doubles partner van de Ven tied the match at 3-3 as she defeated Svanfeldt, 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 4 singles slot. The two have a combine win total of 43 in singles play. The match was decided in the No. 2 slot as Simpson took down Amy Toth, 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-2.

The Cougars will take a break from action and will resume play in the Pac-10 to take on the Arizona schools. Arizona State will be first to take on the Cougars in Pullman, Friday, April 7 at noon. The Wildcats of Arizona will follow, Saturday, April 8 at noon.

No. 72 WSU RESULTS vs. WASHINGTON (UW 4-3)

Singles1. No. 77 Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. No.98 Dinka Hadzic (UW), 2-6, 6-3, 6-12. Tara Simpson (UW) def. Amy Toth (WSU), 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-23. Victoria Brymer (UW) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU), 6-0, 6-14. Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 6-1, 6-45. Melinda Wong (UW) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), 6-4, 6-46. WSU By Default

Doubles1. (38) Hadzic/Brymer (UW) def. Maria Ring/Toth (WSU), 9-8 (1)2. Burduli/van de Ven (WSU) def. Simpson/Kolbovic (UW), 8-43. Wong/Svanfeldt (UW) def. Stefanova/Selaru (WSU), 8-6

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