WSU Sends Doubles Team to Semifinals

April 25, 2008

Ojai, Calif. - The Washington State University women's tennis team finished its second day at the Pacific-10 Championships in Ojai, California Friday, advancing the tandem of Aleksandra Stefanova and Aleksandra Cekic to the semifinals in the doubles invitational bracket.

WSU had its No.1 doubles team consisting of Ekaterina Burduli and Ekaterina Kamendova competing in the championship bracket. The pair suffered a tough loss to Susie Babos and Stephanie Kusano of California, 8-2, in the first round to end their run at a championship.

The Cougars sent three doubles teams to compete in the invitational bracket of the Pac-10 Championship.Aleksandra Stefanova and Aleksandra Cekic picked up the lone victories for the Cougars, which advanced them into the semifinals. In their first round match-up, they downed Ashlee Brown and Lauren Megale of Arizona State, 8-4. In the quarterfinals, Stefanova and Cekic upset the No. 3 ranked doubles team in the invitational bracket consisting of Oregon's Claudia Hirt and Carmen Seremeta, 8-1.Teammates Livia Gherman and Jessica Gomez faced off against the top seeded doubles team in the invitational bracket, Cristala Andrews and Maria Sanchez of USC. Andrews and Sanchez posted an, 8-1 victory over Gherman and Gomez. Bianca Selaru and Marina Nicolas suffered a tough loss, 8-3, to the tandem of Lejla Hodzic and Jennifer Yen of Stanford.

In singles, junior Bianca Selaru suffered a tough loss in the quarterfinals of the invitational bracket. Micaela Hein of Arizona State posted a, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Selaru, ending her bid for a championship.

In consolation play, Marina Nicolas posted a, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Ashley Anderson of Washington. She then earned a victory over Bobbie Englert of California, 6-1, 2-0, Default. Aleksandra Stefanova earned a victory over Washington's Aleksandra Krsljanin, 6-3, 6-4. Jessica Gomez suffered a tough defeat to the hands of Mimi Songsermsawas of Oregon, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The Cougars return to action Saturday as Aleksandra Stefanova and Aleksandra Cekic take on Rachael Dillon and Daron Moore of California at 2 p.m.

Pac-10 Championships
April 25, 2008
Ojai, Calif.

Championship Flight Doubles:

Round One:Babos/Kusano (CAL) def. Burduli/Kamendova (WSU) 8-2

Invitational Flight Doubles:

Round One:Andrews/Sanchez (USC) def. Gherman/Gomez (WSU) 8-1Hodzic/Yen (STAN) def. Nicolas/Selaru (WSU) 8-3Stefanova/Cekic (WSU) def. Megale/Brown (ASU) 8-4

Round Two:Stefanova/Cekic (WSU) def. Hirt/Seremeta (ORE) 8-1

Invitational Flight Singles:

Quarterfinals:Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU) 6-1, 6-0

Consolation:Marina Nicolas (WSU) def. Ashley Anderson (UW) 6-2, 6-0Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW) 6-3, 6-4Mimi Songsermsawas (ORE) def. Jessica Gomez (WSU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-4Marina Nicolas (WSU) def. Bobbie Englert (CAL) 6-1, 2-0, Default.
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