Burduli Added to the NCAA Individual Singles Championship

May 16, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State tennis sophomore Ekaterina Burduli has been added to the NCAA Individual Singles Championship, Director of NCAA Championships Thomas Jacobs announced Monday.

The Tel Aviv, Israel native is the second Cougar to qualify for the NCAA Individual Singles Championship and her selection marks the fourth time the Cougars will send a representative to the singles championship. Erika Perkins competed in the singles tournament in 1998, 2001 and 2002.

Burduli finished the 2005-06 regular season with 25 victories, 17 coming from dual match play. She has posted a 25-14 record with all 14 losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents. Burduli defeated six nationally-ranked opponents and played all dual matches in the No. 1 slot.

Burduli's 25 wins ties her for third on WSU's season singles victory list. She was the team captain and received the most valuable player award for the WSU tennis team. Burduli was voted Pacific-10 Honorable Mention for the second straight season.

Burduli was initially an alternate for the NCAA Tournament and was added to the field of 64 when BYU's Olga Boulytcheva withdrew Monday.

The tournament will be held at Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif., May 23-25.

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