Burduli Nets 88th Career Win, Stands Alone In First All-Time

April 6, 2008

Pullman, Wash. - Ekaterina Burduli picked up career win number 88 and head coach Lisa Hart posted her 100th career win as a head coach, while WSU bucked the Broncos, 6-0.

The Cougars won two of three matches this weekend, improving to 13-9 on the season while Santa Clara fell to 4-13 on the year.

Washington State University Head Coach Lisa Hart captured her 100th career victory as a head coach, Sunday. With the win, Hart also notches her 55th win at WSU, since she took over the WSU tennis program in 2004.

The Cougars jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after winning two of three doubles matches to earn the point. Teammates Aleksandra Stefanova and Aleksandra Cekic earned their fourth straight win, as they defeated Carmen Pham and Jessica Moore of Santa Clara, 8-1 at No. 3. Junior Bianca Selaru and freshman Marina Nicolas battled against Myra Davoudi and Lindsay McBride of Santa Clara, before falling, 8-6 at No. 2. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Ekaterina Burduli and Ekaterina Kamendova earned their fourth straight victory and improved to 16-11 on the year, with an 8-3 win over Stephanie Galainena and Ashley Pane of Santa Clara.

In singles play, senior Ekaterina Burduli captured her 88th career win as a Cougar, in route to a straight set, 6-0, 6-0 victory over Stephanie Galainena of Santa Clara at the No. 1 spot. The victory pushes her season record to 25-9 and advances her past Erica Perkins into first all-time on the WSU career wins list.

'I congratulate Eka on one of the highest honors that can be achieved in our program's history,' coach Hart said. 'The rewriting of this record is the reflection of amazing talent coupled with four years of unparalleled commitment and sacrifice. The fact that she has amassed this number of wins without playing the fall semester of her freshman season makes this accomplishment even more remarkable.'

Junior Bianca Selaru added to the Cougar victory as she posted a, 6-2, 6-1 win over Carmen Pham at the No. 4 spot. Freshman Ekaterina Kamendova grabbed her 11th dual match win od the season as she downed Lindsay McBride in the No. 3 slot, 6-2, 6-2. Marina Nicolas had to battle to earn a, 6-3, 7-5 win over Santa Clara's Ashley Pane at the No. 5 spot.

With the match already decided, freshman Livia Gherman played an eight game pro-set match at No. 6 and defeated Jessica Moore, 8-1.

The Cougars return to action Saturday, April 12th, at 10 a.m. against Montana State, in the first match of a double header at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
No. 41 Washington State 6 def. Santa Clara 0
April 6, 2008
Simmelink Tennis Courts
Pullman, Wash.

Doubles1. Burduli/Kamendova (WSU) def. Galainena/Pane (SC) 8-32. Davoudi/McBride (SC) def. Selaru/Nicolas (WSU) 8-63. Stefanova/Cekic (WSU) def. Pham/Moore (SC) 8-1Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles1. No. 55 Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Stephanie Galainena (SC) 6-0, 6-02. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Myra Davoudi (SC) Did Not Start3. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) def. Lindsey McBride (SC) 6-2, 6-24. Bianca Selaru (WSU) def. Carmen Pham (SC) 6-2, 6-15. Marina Nicolas (WSU) def. Ashley Pane (SC) 6-3, 7-56. Livia Gherman (WSU) def. Jessica Moore (SC) 8-1 Order of finish: 1, 4, 3, 6, 5, 2

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