No. 44 Cougars Host No. 46 Oregon in Non Conference Match

Feb. 25, 2008

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PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University tennis team (9-3 overall 0-2 Pac-10), ranked No. 44 (ITA) nationally, plays host to the No. 46 Oregon Ducks (4-4 overall 0-0 Pac-10) Friday, February, 29 at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

Scouting the Ducks - Oregon holds the all-time advantage of 32-17...last time the two teams squared off, March 25, 2007, WSU defeated the Ducks, 4-3 in Pullman...the match on Friday will be a non conference match, as the two teams meet again on March, 23...Oregon has posted a 4-4 record so far this season...in their most recent match they fell to No. 45 Ohio State University, 5-2.

Homestand - The Cougars opened Pac-10 play over the weekend as they faced off against California Friday, February, 22...WSU fell 6-1 as California boasted five ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team...on Saturday, February, 22, the Cougars faced off against Stanford in the first match of a double header...the Cougars fell, 5-1, to Stanford to start the season 0-2 in Pac-10 play...in the second portion of the double header, the Cougars swept Gonzaga, 7-0, to improve to 9-3 on the season...the Oregon contest ends the longest home stand of the season, with WSU posting a 4-2 mark dating back to Feb. 15 vs. Utah.

History in the Making - Senior Ekaterina Burduli posted a 2-1 record over the weekend, highlighted by a victory over California's No. 7 Susie Babos in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 at No.1...Babos was the 2006 NCAA singles champion...this is the second highest-ranked opponent a Cougar has defeated in school history, and Burduli also holds the highest win in school history when she defeated Dea Sumantri of the University of Washington, who was ranked No. 6 at the time...with the win, it pushes Burduli's season record to 21-4 and gives her 84 career single victories which is second all-time and just three away from career leader Erica Perkins.

Rankings - The Washington State tennis team has jumped out to a 9-3 record in dual match play...WSU currently has a team ranking of No. 44 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ...Burduli is still holding onto the No. 91 spot in singles play.

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