Cougar Tennis Complete Day One at BYU Invitational

Sept. 21, 2006

PROVO, Utah. - Washington State junior Ekaterina Burduli highlighted the first day of the BYU Tennis Invitational by advancing to the quarterfinals. Along with Burduli, four other WSU players reached the quarterfinals.

In the top flight, Burduli, seeded first, defeated Jana Mackova of Boise State, 6-1, 6-4 to send her to the quarterfinals after having a first round bye. Burduli, Tel Aviv, Israel native, is nationally-ranked 47th, by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Teammate Amy Toth joined Burduli in the quarterfinals of the open draw. Sixth seeded Toth downed Greyce Farais of Weber State, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round. In the second round, Toth faced Colorado State's Hilary Tyler, but due to injury, Tyler withdrew from competition.

Senior Marjolein van de Ven was the final Cougar to reach the quarterfinals in the open draw as she bested Laura Neal of Colorado State, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The Delft, Netherlands, native faced seventh seeded Tatiana Ganzha of Boise State and upset the Bronco, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 in route to the quarterfinals.

In flight 2, WSU's success kept rolling. After a first round bye, third-seeded Anastesia Opata defeated Weber State's Elsje Beneke, 6-0, 6-2 to earn a quarterfinals trip.

Junior Aleksandra Stefanova defeated two Mountain West Conference opponents to qualify for the quarter finals. In the first round of flight 2, Stefanova captured a win over Colorado State's Sarah Seltsam, 6-0, 6-1. Brigham Young's Jocelyn Jensen was the next victim of Stefanova as she downed the opposing Cougar, 6-1, 6-2.

Due to inclement weather the double matches were moved indoors. Those results will be posted in Friday's release.

2006 BYU Invitational Day One ResultsFlight 1 SinglesFirst Round(1) Ekaterina Burduli (WSU), BYE(6)Amy Toth (WSU) def. Greyce Farias (Weber), 6-2, 6-3Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU), 7-6 (6), 6-1Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Laura Neal (CSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1Second Round(1) Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Jana Mackova (BSU), 6-1, 6-4(6)Amy Toth (WSU) def. Hilary Tyler (CSU), withdraw-injMarjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. (7) Tatiana Ganzha (BSU), 6-3, 0-6, 6-4ConsolationFirst RoundAleksandra Cekic (WSU), BYE

Flight 2 SinglesFirst Round(3)Anastesia Opata (WSU), BYEAleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Sarah Seltsam (CSU), 6-0, 6-1Ashley Spicer (WSU) def. Kelly Lindley (Weber), 6-0, 6-0Second Round(2) Stacey Housley (BSU) def. Ashley Spicer (WSU), 7-5, 6-3(3) Anastesia Opata (WSU) def. Elsje Beneke (Weber), 6-0, 6-2Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Jocelyn Jensen (BYU), 6-1, 6-2

Flight 1 DoublesFirst Round(3) Opata/Toth (WSU) def. Kirsten Stople/Lauren Strasburger (CSU), 8-5Emily Kirchem/Neal (CSU) def. (4) Spicer/van de Ven (WSU), 8-1

Flight 2 DoublesFirst Round(3) Cekic/Stefanova (WSU), BYE

() Represents seed in tournament

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