Cougar Tennis Gears Up for Home Matches

April 4, 2006

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This Week - The Washington State Cougars (11-9, 0-4) will host a pair of Arizona schools this week...No. 16 Arizona State is up first against the Cougars, Friday April 7, at noon...Wildcats of Arizona, No. 32, will follow Saturday, April 8, again at noon...both matches are scheduled to be played at the Stadium Way Tennis Center in Pullman, Wash...Cougars will take a break from Pac-10 play and take on nonconference opponent Portland, Sunday April 9, at 10 a.m., in Pullman, Wash.

This Week's Opponents - The Arizona Wildcats enter the match with a 10-8 record 1-2 in the Pac-10...Cougars are 1-11 against the Wildcats...Arizona has won the last four...Arizona State Sun Devils enter Saturday's match 10-6 1-2 in the Pac-10 and have never lost to the Cougars...the Portland Pilots jet into Sunday's match never beating the Cougars and have a record of 2-12 in 2005-06.

Cougar Success - Sophomore Ekaterina Burduli and junior transfer Marjolein van de Ven are closing in on cracking the Top-10 single season victory list at WSU...newcomer van de Ven has 22 wins and is one shy of entering the Top-10 list...nationally-ranked 93rd Burduli has 21 wins... Erin Majury has the record with 28 wins set in 1983...Cougars have six dual matches and the Pac-10 Championships left in their season.

Doubles Play - Junior Amy Toth and freshman Maria Ring are five wins away from cracking the Top-10 doubles season victory list...tandem has a record of 12-8, 10 of those wins came in dual matches...Burduli and van de Ven have had recent success in doubles play as they have accumulated a 6-1 record...all of the victories came in dual match play...tandem is on track to enter the Top-10 doubles winning percentage with .857, currently good enough for third place.

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