Cougar Tennis Set For BYU Invitational

Sept. 18, 2006

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This Week - The Washington State University women's tennis team will open its 2006-07 season by traveling to Provo, Utah to participate in the BYU Invitational...tournament play begins Thursday, Sept. 21 and concludes Saturday, Sept. 23...the tournament marks the first time since the 2000-01 season the Cougars will begin their season on the road...past five seasons WSU has participated in the Cougar Classic in Pullman to kick off the season, but due to construction of the Cougars new tennis facility the annual tournament has been cancelled.

Participating in the BYU Invitational - The seven team tournament consists of host BYU with in-state rivals Utah, Utah State and Weber State...representing the Pacific Northwest are Boise State and Washington State...rounding out the field is Colorado State.

Returnees - WSU returns its top six singles players from the 2005-06 season...Ekaterina Burduli leads the group after finishing last year with 25 wins...seniors Amy Toth and Marjolein van de Ven return with the experience the team lacked a year ago...Toth ended last season with a career best 23 wins...van de Ven concluded her campaign with 24 wins...all three cracked WSU's single season victories list...other top returnees for WSU are Bianca Selaru, Aleksandra Cekic and Aleksandra Stefanova...Selaru and Kara Konomos will not be traveling to Provo, Utah with the team.

Newcomer - WSU added one newcomer to the team...freshman Ashley Spicer is expected to make an immediately impact with her aggressive style of play...redshirt freshman Anastesia Opata plans on seeing action as she sat out last season due to NCAA Regulations...both players should contribute significantly to the success of the 2006-07 team.

Rankings - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings has WSU's Ekaterina Burduli ranked 47th.

Coach Hart on the BYU Invitational - 'We're really excited to get the season underway and play against teams and other players besides our own.'

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