Cougars Ousted by Sacramento State, 6-1

Feb. 7, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Aleksandra Cekic grabbed a victory for the Cougars with a three-set win over Aileen Tsan, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, but it wasn't enough as the No. 49 Sacramento State Hornets (2-0 overall, 0-0 big Sky) earned a 6-1 victory over the 59th ranked Washington State Cougars (3-5 overall, 0-0 Pac-10), Saturday afternoon, at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbey Fieldhouse.

Sacramento State began singles play with a 1-0 advantage after capturing the doubles point. The Hornets pair of Maria Meliuk and Aileen Tsan defeated WSU's Marina Nicolas and Aleksandra Cekic, 8-2.

The Hornets secured the doubles point after Clarisse Baca and Joyce Martinez downed the Cougars tandem of Livia Gherman and Jessica Gomez, 8-5.

The Cougars only victory came in the No. 2 slot after the Cekic victory over Tsan. Cekic improved to 10-7 on the season and pushed her dual match record to 3-4 and is the third Cougar to record 10 victories so far this season.

In the No. 1 slot, Fournier won the first set over the 58th-ranked Zheltova, 6-4. In the second set, Fournier had earned a 5-4 advantage before Zheltova came back to take the set, 7-5. It came down to the third set where Zheltova proved to be too much for the WSU freshman winning the match with a score of 6-1 in the third set.

WSU will take a week off before they return to action when they travel to Eugene, Ore. to take on the Ducks Feb. 20.

WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
No. 45 Sacramento State def. No. 59 Washington State, 6-1
February 7, 2009
Simmelink Tennis Courts
Pullman, Wash.

Singles1) No. 58 Katrina Zheltova (SAC) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-12) Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Aileen Tsan (SAC) 2-6, 6-2, 6-03) Maria Meliuk (SAC) def. Ioana Oprea (WSU) 6-2, 6-14) Luba Schifris (SAC) def.  Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-3, 6-45) Clarisse Baca (SAC) def.  Jessica Gomez (WSU) 6-3, 6-36) Joyce Martinez (SAC) def. Livia Gherman (WSU) 6-3, 6-2Order of finish- 3, 4, 2, 1, 5, 6

Doubles1) Zheltova/Valenzuela (SAC) def. Fournier/Oprea (WSU) 8-32) Meliuk/Tsan (SAC) def. Nicolas/Cekic (WSU) 8-23) Baca/Martinez (SAC def. Gomez/GhermanOrder of finish- 2, 3, 1

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