Cougars Open Season With Victory Over Eastern Washington

Jan. 19, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University women's tennis team opened its 2008 season with a 7-0 victory over visiting Eastern Washington University, Saturday afternoon at the Simmelink Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

The Cougars (1-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) came out strong against the Eagles (0-1) by sweeping all three doubles matches. At No. 1, Ekaterina Burduli and Ekaterina Kamendova posted an 8-5 victory over Kasey Knox and Amanda Mankovits while Aleksandra Stefanova and Aleksandra Cekic clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 win at No. 2 over Marie Demerath and Sarah Leuenberger. Marina Nicolas and Bianca Selaru completed the sweep with an 8-4 victory over Kerstyn Dolack and Rachel Berger at No.2.

In singles play, the Cougars recorded straight-set wins in all six matches. Selaru was first off after a 6-1, 6-1win over Rachel Berger at No. 4, followed by Kamendova's 6-3, 6-0 win over Leuenberger at No. 3. Stefanova clinched the team victory with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Dolack at No. 2. Burduli, ranked No. 91 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, then recorded a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 over Knox, Nicolas had a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 5 over Demerath and Gherman closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 6 over Mankovits.

Senior Ekaterina Burduli now has 75 career singles victories which is good for fifth all-time on the WSU career wins list.

The Cougars return to action Saturday Jan. 19, against the Idaho Vandals at 6 p.m. at the Simmelink Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

Washington State 7 def. Eastern Washington 0
January 19, 2008
Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse
Pullman, Wash.

1. Burduli/Kamendova (WSU) def. Knox/Mankovits (EWU) 8-5
2. Stefanova/Cekic (WSU) def. Demerath/Leuenberger (EWU) 8-5
3. Nicolas/Selaru (WSU) def. Dolack/Berger (EWU) 8-4

1. Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Kasey Knox (EWU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Kerstyn Polack (EWU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) def. Sarah Leuenberger (EWU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Bianca Selaru (WSU) def. Rachel Berger (EWU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Marina Nicolas (WSU) def. Marie Demerath (EWU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Livia Gherman (WSU) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU) 6-4, 6-3
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