Cougars Lose 4-3 Heartbreaker against Oregon

April 23, 2006

Eugene, Ore. - The Washington State women's team suffered another heartbreaker as it fell to the Oregon Ducks, 4-3, Sunday.

The Cougars (14-12, 1-7 Pacific-10) lost their third heartbreak match to a nationally-ranked opponent by the score, 4-3 this season.

The Ducks (13-9, 2-6 Pac-10) entered Sunday's match nationally-ranked 48th and quickly jumped to a 1-0 start after earning the doubles point. Oregon took matches in the No. 1 and No. 3 slot, but the Cougars avoided the doubles sweep in the No. 2 position. Ekaterina Burduli and teammate Marjolein van de Ven downed Claudia Hirt and Jamie Marshall, 8-3. The duo has a record of 10-2 and a winning percentage of .833, which is good enough for third place on the WSU Top-10 seasons doubles winning percent.

The Cougars got off to slow start and quickly found themselves down 3-0 in the match. WSU dropped singles matches in the No. 3 and No. 6 slot.

However, team captain Burduli sparked the Cougars as she defeated No. 40 Dominka Dieskova, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. Burduli dropped the first set, but quickly rallied herself and only lost two games in two sets. Burduli ends the dual match season with 25 wins, which puts her tied for third on WSU's single season victories. Dieskova is the fourth nationally-ranked opponent Burduli has taken down this year.

WSU pulled the score closer with the Burduli victory, but still down 3-1. Bianca Selaru added a much needed win for the Cougars as she edged Monica Hoz de Vila, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Junior Amy Toth, the oldest member on the team, tied the match for the Cougars as she downed Anna Powaska, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

The Cougars and Ducks were tied 3-3, until Carmen Seremeta slipped past van de Ven, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 to clinch the match for the Ducks. Junior transfer van de Ven battled hard against Seremeta in the first set and took it 3-6. The second set went into a tie breaker, but Seremeta came out on top, 7-6 (7-2). The final set, which took over an hour, was a back and forth contest between the two, but Seremeta took the set, 6-4 and the match.

'I was really proud of our girls today and the effort they showed,' WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'The improvement we've shown since the last time we played Oregon is astronomical and now we're just looking forward to the Pac-10 Championships.'

Previously this season, WSU was downed by Oregon, 5-2, but the match did not count toward the Pac-10 standings.

The Cougars will now prepare for the Pac-10 Championships, April 27-30 at Ojai, Calif.

Oregon 4 Washington State 3

Doubles (order of finish)1. Dominika Dieskova/Ceci Olivos (UO) def. Maria Ring/Amy Toth (WSU), 8-1 (1)2. Ekaterina Burduli/Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Claudia Hirt/Jamie Marshall (OU), 8-3 (3)3. Anna Powaska/Carmen Seremeta (UO) def. Aleksandra Cekic/Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU, 8-3 (2)

Singles (order of finish)1. No. 90 Burduli (WSU) def. No. 40 Dieskova (UO), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 (3)2. Toth (WSU) def. Powaska (UO), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 (5)3. Olivos (UO) def. Cekic (WSU), 6-0, 6-3 (1)4. Seremeta (UO) def. van de Ven (WSU), 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 (6)5. Bianca Selaru (WSU) def. Monica Hoz de Vila (UO), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 (4)6. Hirt (UO) def. Stefanova (WSU), 6-2, 6-1 (2)

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