Cougs Beat Dawgs 4-3 in Apple Cup of Women's Tennis

March 18, 2007

Pullman, Wash. - Washington (1-10) won the doubles point and two singles matches, but Washington State (11-6) rallied to win 4-3 in a non-conference women's tennis match in Pullman.

The Huskies grabbed the early 1-0 lead when Joyce Ardies and Mathilde Cor clinched the doubles point by beating Ekaterina Burduli and Marjoelin van de Ven, 8-3, in the No. 1 doubles match. The UW duo followed the lead of teammates Tara Simpson and Melinda Wong, who won 8-4 in the No. 2 doubles match.

In singles, the Huskies got victories from Ardies in the No. 3 and Allison Rainey in the No. 5 matches, but the Cougars won the other four matches to take the victory. Ardies, the only Husky to win twice on Sunday, needed three sets beat van de Ven 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, while Rainey took out Aleksandra Stefanova in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5.

Mathilde Cor and Melinda Wong each won the first sets of their matches in No. 1 and No. 4 respectively, but their WSU opponents rallied to win the next two sets. Burduli beat Cor 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Aleksandra Cecik beat Wong 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Sunday's battle was the first of two head-to-head matches between the Huskies and Cougars this season. The two schools will meet again in a Pac-10 Conference match on April 21 in Seattle.

With school currently on Spring Break, the Huskies will travel to California and face San Diego State on Tuesday, March 20 at 2 pm. Washington will return home for a four-match homestand beginning with Boise State on Thursday at 12 pm.

Washington State 4, Washington 3
Pullman, Wash., March 18, 2006
Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse

Doubles:
1. Cor/Ardies (UW) def. Burduli/van de Ven (WSU), 8-3
2. Simpson/Wong (UW) def. Toth/Opat (WSU), 8-4
3. Cecik/Stafanova (WSU) def. Rainey/Summers (UW), 8-3

Singles:
1. Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Mathilde Cor (UW) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. Amy Toth (WSU) def. Tara Simpson (UW) 6-2, 6-0
3. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Marjoelin van de Ven (WSU) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
4. Aleksandra Cecik (WSU) def. Melinda Wong (UW) 6-7, 6-2, 6-2
5. Allison Rainey (UW) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) 7-5, 7-5
6. Anastesia Opata (WSU) def. Lauren Summers (UW) 6-0, 6-1

Order of Finish
Singles:
2, 4, 1, 3, 6, 5
Doubles: 3, 2, 1

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