Burduli Captures Singles Title at Cougar Classic

Sept. 23, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -Washington State tennis senior Ekaterina Burduli took home the No.1 singles championship during the final day of the Cougar Classic. Burduli was joined by teammates Aleksandra Stefanova, Marina Nicolas, Ekaterina Kamendova, and Bianca Selaru in tournament finals.

Ekaterina Burduli defeated Boise State's Bianca Jochimsen 6-0, 6-4 to capture the title. Burduli dominated tournament play on her way to the championship. She has a preseason rank of No. 113 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The other Cougar to capture a championship was freshman Marina Nicolas. She defeated Anna Gullickson of Portland on route to the No. 3 singles championship. Gullickson gave Nicolas her toughest competition of the tournmant. Prior to the championship match Nicolas had only lost five games in her first three matches.

'I'm proud of the way both Eka and Marina represented our team,' Washington State Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'This weekend showed us where we are and what we need to do to get where we need to be.'

WSU senior Aleksandra Stefanova took home second place in the No. 2 singles bracket. She was defeated by Rika Mehndiratta of Gonzaga in a tough match that Stefanova continuously kept battling back into. Mehndirtta ended up winning the tough fought battle against Stefanova to take the championship.

WSU duo Burduli and Kamendova earned second place as well. The teammates had a tough match against Boise State's Bianca Jochimsen and Laura Baum in the No. doubles. The match was won by the Boise State duo 8-3.

Selaru and Nicolas took second place against Rika Mehndiratta and Danielle Farmer of Gonzaga in the No. 2 doubles championship. It was a tough fought match that the Gonzaga duo won 8-6.

2007 Cougar Classic Day Three Results#1 SinglesChampionshipEkaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) 6-0, 6-4

ConsolationAleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Irimescu (Idaho), 6-1, 6-4

BackdrawMartyna Nowak (Montana) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 6-3, 7-6, 6-3Kasey Knox (EWU) def. Lindsey Griffin (Portland), 6-3 7-5Emily Anderson (Gonzaga def. Megan Sporndli (Portland), 7-6, 9-7, 6-3Aglaya Kokurina (Gonzaga) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU), 6-7, 7-5, 6-1

#2 SinglesChampionshipRika Mehndiratta (Gonzaga) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), 7-5, 7-6, 7-4

ConsolationRebecca Berger (Wyoming) def. Rebecca Bran (Montana), 6-2, 6-1

BackdrawDanielle Farmer (Gonzaga) def. Kristen MacWilliam (Gonzaga), DefaultAmanda Bran (Montana) def. Jana Siwa (Idaho), 7-6, 6-0Rachel Berger (EWU) def. Yvette Ly (Idaho), 4-5, 6-0, 11-9Stefanie Doolittle (Portland) def. Jamie Nelson (Wyoming), 6-0, 6-0

#3 SinglesChampionshipMarina Nicolas (WSU) def. Anna Gullickson (Portland), Score Not Available

BackdrawJessica Souza (Montana) def. Kayla Dantzler (Idaho), 4-6, 7-5, 6-1Jessica Gomez (WSU) def. Carly VanHollen (Wyoming), Score Not AvailableCarrie Schofield (Gonzaga) def. Sarah Leuenberger (EWU), Score Not AvailableCourtney Lau (Gonzaga) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU), Score Not Available

#4 SinglesChampionshipMichelle Brown (Wyoming) def. Carolina Chaix (Wyoming), 7-5, 6-4

ConsolationLaura Housinger (Gonzaga) def. Kara Konomos (WSU), 6-7, 7-5, 6-2

BackdrawCara Lehman (Montana) def. Allyson Lee (Gonzaga) 7-6, 7-5, 6-1Katie Colton (Gonzaga) def. Livia Gherman (WSU), DefaultElaine Aragones (EWU) def. Nicole Fleckenstein (Portland), Default

#1 DoublesChampionshipJochimsen/Baum (BSU) def. Burduli/Kamendova (WSU), 8-3

ConsolationDoolittle/Tanzer (Portland) def. Demerath/Dolack (EWU), 8-5

BackdrawGriffin/Sporndli (Portland) def. Cekic/Gomez (WSU), 8-3Knox/Mankovits (EWU) def. Anderson/Kokurina (Gonzaga) 8-5

#2DoublesChampionshipMehndiratta/Farmer (Gonzaga) def. Selaru/Nicolas (WSU), 8-6

ConsolationLau/Dodge (Gonzaga) def. Gherman/Stefanova (WSU), Default

BackdrawGullickson/Jenks (Portland) def. Souza/Lehman (Montana), 8-3Leuenberger/Berger (EWU) def. Ly/Kirch (Idaho), Default

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