Four Cougars Named To Pacific-10 Tennis All-Academic Teams

June 1, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Marjolein van de Ven's first-team selection headed a list of four Washington State University tennis players named to the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic teams, it was announced today by Commissioner Tom Hansen.

In addition to van de Ven, junior Ekaterina Burduli was named to the second team while sophomore Aleksandra Cekic and junior Aleksandra Stefanova were honorable mention honorees.

A native of Delft, Netherlands, van de Ven posted a 3.75 GPA while majoring in humanities. On the court she finished the 2007 season with a team-leading 24 victories as she captured WSU's Most Valuable Player award. It marked the second consecutive season van de Ven posted 24 wins, tying her for fifth of the Cougars' single-season wins list. She also became just the fourth player in school history to have back-to-back 20-win seasons. In 2007, van de Ven had a season-best 10-match winning streak early in the dual-match portion of the schedule and had a 13-10 record in doubles play, teaming primarily with Burduli at the No. 1 position.

Burduli, a native of Tel Aviv, Israel, carries a 3.42 GPA as a psychology major. She finished this past season with a 23-15 record, her second consecutive season with over 20 wins, and compiled a 14-13 doubles mark, primarily with van de Ven at No. 1. Burduli began the season winning 12 of her first 15 matches, which included the A Flight title at the BYU Invitational. She will enter her senior campaign with 63 career victories, 24 shy of Erika Perkins' school record.

Cekic, a sophomore from London, Ontario, Canada, is a business major with a 3.34 GPA. Cekic played primarily in the No. 4 position, compiling 13 victories during the season. She had a five-match winning streak to start the dual match season and had three wins over in-state rival Washington. In doubles play she captured nine more victories, teaming mostly with Stefanova as the pair earned seven dual match wins.

Stefanova, a hotel business management major with a 3.16 GPA, compiled a 16-19 record this past season, playing mostly at No. 5 in the singles lineup. Stefanova began the season by reaching the title match of the BYU Invitational B Flight and also reached the third round of the ITA Northwest Regional. She garnered seven more victories in doubles action, primarily at No. 3 with Cekic.

The Cougars concluded their Pac-10 season with a 14-11 overall record.

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