Cougar Tennis Completes First Day at Jack Taylor Classic

Oct. 6, 2006

Boise, Idaho. - The Washington State University women's tennis team faired well after one day of competition at the Jack Taylor Classic in Boise, Idaho. Ekaterina Burduli, along with two other Cougars, won their first round match to highlight day one's play at the Appleton Tennis Center.

Burduli, fresh off her consolation quarterfinal match at the ITA All-American Championship, defeated Oregon's Anna Powaska in three-sets, 6-2, 7-6, 6-2. Burduli finished play at the ITA Championships, Thursday and met with the team last night.

Aleksandra Cekic opened first round play with a win over Oregon's Claudia Hirt, 7-5, 6-4. Senior Marjolein van de Ven also opened tournament play with a victory in three-sets over Erika Januskova of Oregon, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.

The Cougars finished the first round with three wins and four losses. Newcomers Anastesia Opata and Ashley Spicer suffered unfortunate first round losses. Opata took Oregon's Simone Templeton deep in the first set, but fell 7-6, and then lost the match after dropping the final set, 6-1. Spicer started her match dropping the first set, 6-3, and then took Monica Hoz de Vila of Oregon to an extra game in the final set, but came up short, 7-5.

The Cougars were not as successful in doubles play as they were in singles play. Amy Toth paired with Aleksandra Stefanova fell to hosts Boise State's team of Kokoulin/Ganzha, 8-0. The other two Cougar tandems also fell to Boise State pairs.

Tournament play continues, Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Appleton Tennis Center.

2006 Jack Taylor ClassicSinglesFirst RoundEkaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Anna Powaska (ORE), 6-2, 6-7, 6-2Carmen Seremeta (ORE), def. Amy Toth (WSU), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3Marjolein van de Ven (WSU), def. Erika Januskova (ORE), 7-6, 3-6, 6-4Aleksandra Cekic (WSU), def. Claudia Hirt (ORE), 7-5, 6-4Simone Templeton (ORE), def. Anatesia Opata (WSU), 7-6, 6-1Monica Hoz de Vila (ORE), def. Ashley Spicer (WSU), 6-3, 7-5Tiffany Coll (BSU) def. Kara Konomos (WSU), 6-1, 6-0Tatiana Ganzha (BSU) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), 6-3, 6-0DoublesFirst RoundKokoulina/Ganzha (BSU) def. Toth/Stefanova, (WSU), 8-0Housley/Mackova (BSU) def. Cekic/Spicer, (WSU), 8-1Jochimsen/Coll (BSU) def. van de Ven/Opata, (WSU), 8-4
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