Cougars Stopped by No. 41 Oregon in Nonconference Play, 6-1

Feb. 24, 2007

EUGENE, Ore. - The Washington State women's tennis team suffered a 6-1 nonconference loss to the No. 41 Oregon Ducks, Saturday afternoon at the Student Tennis Center.

The 55th ranked Cougars (0-2 Pac-10, 8-4 Overall) dropped its third consecutive match to a top 50 opponent, but since the match was listed as nonconference the Cougars Pac-10 record did not change. Oregon (0-0 Pac-10, 7-2 Overall) is currently riding a three-match win streak after wins over Denver and Colorado.

The Ducks got off to a quick 1-0 advantage after sweeping WSU in doubles play. Ashley Spicer and partner Amy Toth played their first doubles match in the No. 1 slot, but fell to Oregon's tandem of Dominika Dieskova and Ana Cecilia Olivos, 8-3. Oregon captured wins in the No. 2 and 3 slots to finish off its sweep.

Oregon kept rolling in singles play by taking five of the six matches. The lone Cougar victory came from Toth who defeated Carmen Seremeta in straight-sets, 7-6, 6-4 in the No. 2 slot. However, the Ducks countered by taking the next five matches. Junior Ekaterina Burduli, playing in the No. 1 slot, took Dieskova to the brink, but fell, 3-6, 7-6, 7-4.

The two teams will meet again, Saturday, March 25 in Pullman for a match that will count toward Pac-10 standings.

The Cougars return to action for three matches in three days starting Friday, March 1 and ending Sunday, March 3. WSU begins with Pac-10 foes USC and UCLA and ends their three-match weekend against the Wyoming Cowgirls.

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