Two Cougars Named ITA Tennis Scholars

Aug. 14, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has named Washington State tennis players Ekaterina Burduli and Marjolein van de Ven ITA Scholar Athletes for the 2006-07 season, it was announced recently. Additionally, the Cougars were one of 89 Division I programs to be named an ITA All-Academic Team.

Burduli, a Tel Aviv, Israel native, finished last season with a No. 17 regional ranking after she posted a 23-15 record, her second consecutive season with over 20 wins. She began the season winning 12 of her first 15 matches, which included the A Flight title at the BYU Invitational. Last month Burduli was named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic second team and enters her senior campaign with 63 career victories, 24 shy of Erika Perkins' school record.

van de Ven, the Delft, Netherlands native, finished the 2007 season with a No. 29 regional ranking and 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. She was also named the Northwest Region recipient of the ITA Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship.

Both Burduli and van de Ven were recognized by the ITA as a Scholar Athlete for the second consecutive year. The Cougars completed the 2007 season with a 14-11 record.
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