Cougars Earn 6-1 Victory Over the Gauchos on Senior Day

April 14, 2007

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Seniors Amy Toth and Marjolein van de Ven collected victories in their final home match en route to a 6-1 victory over the Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-8, 3-2 Big West), Saturday afternoon at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

The victory secures a winning record for WSU (14-10, 1-6 Pac-10) and marks the first time since 1995-96 seasons the Cougars posted back-to-back winning seasons. WSU increased its perfect 3-0 record over UC Santa Barbara with Saturday's win.

Toth, from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada native, inched closer to becoming the only player in school history to post three consecutive 20 wins seasons after a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Carina Bjornstrom. Toth holds a 17-16 record on the season and captured her 75th career-win. The final home victory earned Toth sole possession of fifth place on the all-time wins list and gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Delft, Netherlands native, van de Ven, earned her 24th victory of the season and increased the WSU lead to 3-0 with her 6-1, 6-2 win against Asagi Onaga in the No. 3 slot. Her 24 wins ties last year mark, which tied her fifth on the WSU single season victory list.

Junior Ekaterina Burduli secured the victory after her three-set win over Marta Simic, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 1 slot. Burduli dropped the first set 6-3, before storming back in the second set, 6-4. The Tel Aviv, Israel native eased through the final set allowing only one game to Simic. Burduli earned her 21st win and is the fifth player in school history to post two consecutive 20 victory seasons.

WSU would increase its margin victory with wins in the No. 5 and 6 slots. Aleksandra Stefanova and Anastesia Opata both used straight-sets to ease past their opponents.

The Cougars attempt at a clean sweep fell short in the No. 4 slot as Santa Barbara's Charlotte Scattlife defeated Aleksandra Cekic in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

The Cougars started out the day by taking a quick 1-0 advantage in doubles play. Burduli and van de Ven clinched the point after an 8-4 win over Simic and Scattlife in the No. 1 slot. The WSU duo captured their 22nd career victory placing them seventh on the all-time list.

In other doubles action, Cekic and Stefanova earned an 8-3 win over Tova Hausman and Brittany Kausen. Santa Barbara would deny the doubles sweep as Bjornstrom and Onaga defeated Opata and Toth, 9-7.

The Cougars close out Pac-10 play and their overall dual match season as they travel to Seattle to take on cross-state rival Washington, April 21 at noon.

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