No. 44 WSU Downs Air Force, 6-1

Jan. 17, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team upended Air Force, 6-1, in the first match of a double-header Saturday, at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

The No. 44 (ITA) Cougars found themselves with an early lead after they won the first two doubles matches earning them the point.

Ioana Oprea and Elisabeth Fournier set the tone for WSU with an, 8-2, victory over Christen Monreal and Tahlia Smoke of Air Force. Teammates Ekaterina Kamendova and Aleksandra Cekic clinched the doubles point for the Cougars by defeating Christen Abayan and Erlyn Rudico of Air Force, 8-3.

In singles action, Ioana Oprea earned the first victory for the Cougars, pushing the lead to 2-0. Oprea downed Air Force's Allie Chermel 6-0, 6-2, at No. 3. Ekaterina Kamendova earned her first duel match victory of the season with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Christine Abayan at the No. 1 singles position.

At No. 4 singles, senior Aleksandra Cekic put up a tough fight against Air Force's Tahlia Smoke, but ended up falling short as she was defeated 6-4, 6-3.

Freshman Elisabeth Fournier posted an impressive 6-1, 6-3 victory over Air Force's Christen Monreal, clinching the match for the Cougars at, 4-1.

In other singles action, Marina Nicolas outlasted Sarah Cassman and posted a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 5 singles. Fellow teammate Jessica Gomez finished off the impressive win with a 6-3, 6-4 win, over the Falcon's Katrina Eromin.

The Cougars return to action later this evening at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse, when they host the University of Idaho at 5 p.m.

WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
Washington State 6 def. Air Force 1
January 17, 2009
Simmelink Tennis Courts at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse
Pullman, Wash.

Numbers in parentheses are order of finish

Doubles1. (2) Kamendova/Cekic (WSU) def. Abayan/Rudico (AF) 8-32. (1) Fournier/Oprea (WSU) def. Monreal/Smoke (AF) 8-23. (3) Cassman/Chermel (AF) def. Gomez/Nicolas (WSU) 8-6

Singles1. (2) Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) def. Christine Abayan (AF) 6-2, 6-12. (3) Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) def. Christen Monreal (AF) 6-1, 6-33. (1) Ioana Oprea (WSU) def. Allie Chermel (AF) 6-0, 6-24. (4) Tahlia Smoke (AF) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) 6-4, 6-35. (5) Marina Nicolas (WSU) def. Sarah Cassman (AF) 6-2, 7-56. (6) Jessica Gomez (WSU) def. Katrina Eromin (AF) 6-3, 6-4

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