No. 42 WSU Tops No. 34 UW, 4-3
April 19, 2008
Pullman, Wash. - In front of the largest crowd of the season and as the seniors were playing their last home match, the Cougars earned a victory over in-state rival the University of Washington Saturday afternoon, at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
Washington (12-9) started the day by taking all three doubles matches for the opening point. Joyce Ardies increased the Huskies lead to 2-0 as she defeated Aleksandra Cekic, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4 singles.
Senior Ekaterina Burduli closed the gap to 2-1 as she upset No. 30 Venise Chan of Washington after winning the first set, 6-1. Chan forced the second set into a tie-breaker, but Burduli finished off the win, 6-1, 7-6 (3). The win is Burduli's 91st of her career and her 28th of season which ties her with Erin Majury for most wins in a single season, set back in 1983.
Aleksandra Stefanova evened the score at 2-2, as she defeated Aleksandra Malovic of Washington, 7-6 (8), 6-2, at No. 2 singles. Ekaterina Kamendova earned her 20th victory of the season as she topped Tara Simpson, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 at No. 3, pushing the Cougar's lead to 3-2.
Washington's Allison Rainey pushed the score to 3-3 after she defeated Marina Nicolas, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 6 singles position.
With the match tied at 3-3, it came down to the No. 5 singles position as Bianca Selaru faced Kelsey Anonsen. Selaru easily won the first set 6-1 before Anonsen forced Selaru to a 5-5 tie in the second set. Selaru then won the final two points to win the match, 6-1, 7-5, and clinch the victory for WSU over No. 34 Washington on Senior Day.
'I couldn't possibly imagine a better way to send off our seniors,' head coach Lisa Hart said. 'Defeating our biggest rival on Senior Day and with the NCAA Tournament on the line, this may be one of the biggest wins in our program's history.'
Washington State University finished of the regular season with a 16-9 overall record and improved to 2-6 in Pac-10 play. The 16 victories are the most wins by a Cougar tennis team since the 1995-96 season.
Up next for the Cougars is the Pac-10 tournament which will be held April 24-27, in Ojai, California.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
No. 42 Washington State 4 def. No. 34 Washington 3
April 19, 2008
Simmelink Tennis Courts
Doubles1. Ardies/Simpson (UW) def. Burduli/Kamendova (WSU) 8-42. Anonsen/Chan (UW) def. Selaru/Nicolas (WSU) 8-13. Malovic/Radunovic (UW) def. Cekic/Stefanova (WSU) 8-3Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
Singles1. No. 52 Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. No. 30 Venise Chan (UW) 6-1, 7-6 (3)2. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW) 7-6 (8), 6-23. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) def. Tara Simpson (UW) 6-1, 4-6, 7-54. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) 6-2, 6-25. Bianca Selaru (WSU) def. Kelsey Anonsen (UW) 6-1, 7-56. Allison Rainey (UW) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-3, 6-1Order of finish: 4, 1, 2, 3, 6, 5