Cougar Tennis Enters Season No. 50 in National Rankings

Jan. 8, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - For the fourth straight season the Washington State women's tennis team will start the dual match portion of its season nationally-ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.

The Cougars earned a No. 50 team ranking and Ekaterina Burduli captured the 91st spot in the individual rankings.

Thirteen of WSU's 2008 opponents are nationally ranked, led by No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 UCLA. Each Pacific-10 Conference team was ranked in the national poll while four teams, Stanford, UCLA, California (6) and USC (8) reside in the Top 10.

A senior co-captain, Burduli earned a national ranking of 91 and a Northwest regional ranking of 16 after finishing the 2007 fall season with an 11-2 record. The Tel Aviv, Israel native began the season by winning the Cougar Classic (Flight A) and also captured the USTA Women's Collegiate Invitational title in early October. Burduli concluded her fall campaign by reaching the round of 16 at the 2007 ITA Northwest Regional.

The Cougars will defend their ranking when they open 2008 dual match play against Eastern Washington and Idaho, Saturday, Jan. 19.
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