Washington State Tennis Award Winners Announced

May 5, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Ekaterina Burduli received the Washington State tennis team's most valuable player award at the program's banquet, May 4. The award highlighted the annual postseason event.

Burduli led the Cougars with 25 victories and contributed to 15 double wins in the 2005-06 season. The Tel Aviv, Israel native had a team-high 17 dual match victories. Burduli finished the season tied for third place on the WSU's single season victory list. She teamed with Marjolein van de Ven to finish 10-2 (.833), good enough for third on WSU's single season doubles winning percentage list.

Junior transfer van de Ven took home two awards from the banquet. Her success in the classroom paid off as she received the academic award. The Delft, Netherlands native has a cumulative grade point average of 3.68, the highest on the team. She also snagged the newcomer of the year award. The honor is given to the first-year student-athlete who contributed the most on the court. Her play with Burduli and individual season proved to be enough to win the award. Her 24 wins this season puts her in a tie for fifth on the WSU's single season victory list.

Kara Konomos repeated as the strength and coaching award winner. The award, announced by the strength and conditioning coach Andrea Armstong, is given to the student-athlete that not only works hard during her given session, but comes in and works out during her free time.

Junior Amy Toth and sophomore Aleksandra Stefanova received the coaches' award. The award is given to the student-athlete who shows positive attitude on and off the court.

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