Cougars Falter at First Day of the Pac-10 Championships

April 26, 2007

Ojai, Calif. - The Washington State University women's tennis team dropped seven singles matches in the first day of competition at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Ojai, Calif.

WSU sent three student-athletes to the 32 participant championship bracket, which was compiled of the top three players of every Pac-10 team with the remaining players selected upon by the coaches. Senior Marjolein van de Ven drew No. 73 Amanda Fink of USC, but fell to the Woman of Troy, 6-1, 6-0. Fellow senior Amy Toth also competed in the top flight, but fell to No. 11 Suzie Fodor, 6-1, 6-0. The final competitor in the championship bracket was junior Ekaterina Burduli who suffered a first day loss to USC's Sarah Fansler, 7-5, 6-2, nationally ranked tenth.

The Cougars also sent their remaining four players into the invitational bracket, but were unfortunate to come away with a victory. Aleksandra Stefanova suffered a three-set loss to Katie Orletsky, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to knock her out of contention for a championship. Aleksandra Cekic lost in straight-sets to Lejla Hodzic of Stanford, 6-2, 6-0. Anastasia Opata fell to Anna Powaska of Oregon, 1-6, 4-3, Ret., due to an injury. Bianca Selaru closed out the day with 6-1, 6-2 loss at the hands of Natalia Toporowska of Arizona, 6-1, 6-2.

The Cougars compete in Friday's doubles rounds in their quest of a Pac-10 Championship. The Pac-10 championships run through Sunday, April 29.

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