Cougars Open Season by Hosting Cougar Classic

Sept. 20, 2007

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PULLMAN, Wash. -This Week - Washington State will host the Cougar Classic Sept. 21-23...field includes Idaho, Boise State, Gonzaga, Eastern, Wyoming, Montana and Portland...matches will begin at 9 a.m. each day.

ITA Rankings - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranked Ekaterina Burduli No. 113 in the national preseason rankings...she was ranked No.47 in 2006 and No. 45 in 2005 in the ITA preseason rankings...Burduli, a senior, was second on the team with 23 victories last season.

Last Season - The Cougars finished the season ranked 50th nationally with a record of 14-11...the 14 wins tied for the most victories during Hart's four-year tenure... finished eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference for a second consecutive season...eight of the 11 losses were to teams selected for the tournament...all 11 defeats were to teams who ended the season nationally-ranked.

Coach Hart - Washington State's Lisa Hart heads into her fifth season as head coach...her overall record as a Coug is 42-52...she has led that Cougars to back to back winning seasons for the first time since 1994 and 1995.

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