WSU Tennis Upsets No. 30 BYU, 5-2
Jan. 26, 2007
PROVO, Utah. - The No. 66 Washington State Cougar tennis squad defeated its highest ranked opponent in nearly three years after a 5-2 upset against 30th ranked (ITA) BYU, Friday, at BYU's indoor facility center.
With the win, WSU (4-0 Overall, 0-0 Pac-10) improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 1983-84 season and ends a three-game losing skid against BYU (2-1 Overall, 0-0 MWC).
WSU hasn't beaten a team ranked in the Top 30 since March 13, 2004 when the Cougars edged past No. 24 Oregon, 4-3.
'I am thrilled with the way our players came out and fought today,' WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'The hard work our players have put in is beginning to pay off.'
The Cougars found themselves in a hole after losing the doubles point, but won five of six singles matches to capture the victory.
In singles play, WSU clinched the win with the help of 85th ranked Ekaterina Burduli. Burduli defeated BYU's top player, Lauren Jones, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Doubles partner, Marjolein van de Ven did her part in the No. 3 slot as she took down Jennifer Miccoli in straight-sets, 7-5, 6-3.
Senior Amy Toth inched closer to capturing the eighth spot on WSU's Career Wins list after her 6-3, 6-4 defeat against Anastasia Surkovas, who was recently named Player of the Week of the Mountain West Conference. Toth currently stands at ninth place on the career wins list with 66.
Sophomore Bianca Selaru put the Cougars up 3-1 after her victory against Kristina Doerr, 6-2, 5-7,7-6. Selaru missed all of the fall season due to injury, but has played in all four of WSU's dual matches and has a 3-1 record. With the match already decided, Aleksandra Cekic added a 6-4, 6-1 win to extend the Cougars' margin of victory to three.
The Cougars dropped one singles match in the No. 5 slot, as Aleksandra Stefanova fell to BYU's Sofia Holden, 6-3, 6-0.
The tennis team returns to action with a five-match home stretch beginning with the Portland Pilots, Friday, Feb. 2 at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse at 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNISWashington State 5 def. BYU 2January 26, 2007BYU Indoor FacilityProvo, Utah.
Doubles: 1. Surkova/Miccoli (BYU) def. Burduli/Van de Ven (WSU) 8-32. Jones/Holden (BYU) def. Toth/Spicer (WSU) 8-03. Doerr/Chang (BYU) def. Selaru/Stefanova 8-5
Singles:1. Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Lauren Jones (BYU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-42. Amy Toth (WSU) def. Anastasia Surkova (BYU) 6-3, 6-43. Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Jennifer Miccoli (BYU) 7-5, 6-34. Bianca Selaru (WSU) def. Kristina Doerr (BYU) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (2)5. Sofia Holden (BYU) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) 6-3, 6-06. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Dolly Chang (BYU) 6-4, 6-1