No. 66 Cougars Travel to Utah

Jan. 23, 2007

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This Week - The Washington State University tennis team, ranked 66th (ITA) nationally, returns to action with a road trip against a pair of Mountain West Conference opponents...WSU takes on Utah in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m...Cougars then faces BYU in Provo, Utah, Friday Jan. 26 at 11 a.m.

Scouting the Utes - The Utes are led by No. 67 Elizabeth Ferris, who captured the flight A singles title at the Utah Invitational last weekend...Ferris met teammate Emily Kwok in the singles final...Utes senior leadership comes from Cinthia Saucedo, who captured the Flight B singles championship at last week's tournament...Utah opens its dual match portion of the schedule against the Cougars, with WSU holding a 3-0 all-time advantage in the series.

Scouting the Other Cougars - BYU, ranked No. 30, enters Friday's match 2-0 after a 5-1 victory against the Washington Huskies...last season, BYU lost it's first round match at the NCAA Team Championships to Arizona...BYU returns five of its top six players from last year's squad including Anastasia Sourkokva, who finished last season with a 21-6 record...series between the Cougars is tied at 3, but BYU has won the last three meetings against WSU.

Cleaning House - Last week, WSU broke out the brooms as the Cougars had a pair of sweeps against two in-state rivals...WSU cruised by Gonzaga in the morning match of the double header 7-0...Ekaterina Burduli, ranked 85th nationally, clinched the match for the Cougars with a victory over Emily Anderson, 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 1 slot...three other Cougars would go on for wins to complete the sweep...against the Eastern Washington Eagles, WSU earned the doubles point and won all six singles matches to earn its second sweep of the day...during the doubleheader, WSU did not drop a set in singles play.

Toth Cracks Top 10 List - With last week's victories, Toth entered WSU's Career Wins list with 64, which ties her for ninth place.

Returnees - Senior Marjolein van de Ven and junior Ekaterina Burduli each earned two victories in dual match play last Saturday...already this season Burduli has won 12 matches and claimed a tournament title at the BYU Invitational...van de Ven is second on the team in wins with nine.

Newcomer Success - Freshman Ashley Spicer made her collegiate debut with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over GU's Kimberly Aigner...Spicer improved her overall record to 7-4.

Rankings - For the third straight season the Cougars began the spring schedule with a national ranking...WSU currently has a team ranking of 66th...Burduli, after defeating two nationally-ranked opponents during the fall season, earned a ranking of 85th...Toth, van de Ven and Burduli also represented WSU in the regional rankings...Toth's ranking is No. 23, van de Ven earned the 26th spot and Burduli culminated the rankings in the 17th position.

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