No. 41 WSU Falls To No. 12 ASU, 5-2

April 4, 2008

Pullman, Wash. - Washington State University jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after grabbing the doubles point, but it was not enough as No. 12 Arizona State rolled to defeat the Cougars, 5-2.

Last week, the Sun Devils swept the doubles matches against No. 7 Stanford, but this week they ran into a lineup full of experience as, senior Aleksandra Stefanova and junior Aleksandra Cekic picked up the first doubles win, as they downed Wendy Pilecka and Lauren Megale, 8-4 at No. 3. Senior Ekaterina Burduli and freshman Ekaterina Kamendova upset the No. 28 ranked doubles team of Nadia Abdala and Laila Abdala, 8-5, at No. 1 to clinch the doubles point for the Cougars.

The Cougars took the 1-0 lead into singles play, but ended up losing five of the six singles matches on the day. Freshman Marina Nicolas picked up the lone Cougar victory as she downed Arizona State's Ashlee Brown, 7-5, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot.

Aleksandra Stefanova had her hands full against No. 26 Kelcy McKenna of Arizona State. Stefanova battled in both sets, before falling, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2. Fellow senior, No. 55 Ekaterina Burduli, also had a tough match-up against No. 31 Nadia Abdala. Burduli fought tough before falling, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1.

Washington State fell to 11-9 and 0-6 in the Pac-10. Arizona State improved to 13-4 and 5-2 in the Pac-10.

The Cougars return to action Saturday, April 5th, at noon against the University of Arizona, at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

No. 12 Arizona State def. 5 No. 41 Washington State 2
April 4, 2008
Simmelink Tennis Courts
Pullman, Wash.

Doubles1. Burduli/Kamendova (WSU) def. Abdala/Abdala (ASU) 8-52. McKenna/Hein (ASU) def. Selaru/Nicolas (WSU) 8-33. Stefanova/Cekic (WSU) def. Pilecka/Megale (ASU) 8-4Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

Singles1. No. 31 Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. No. 55 Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) 6-3, 6-12. No. 26 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) 6-3, 6-33. Laila Abdala (ASU) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) 6-2, 6-24. Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) 7-5, 6-25. Wendy Pilecka (ASU) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU) 6-3, 6-16. Marina Nicolas (WSU) def. Ashlee Brown (ASU) 7-5, 6-1Order of finish: 1, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6

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