Cougars Blanked by Ducks

Feb. 20, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 59 Washington State women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 46 Oregon Friday afternoon inside the Student Tennis Center.

The Ducks improved to 6-2, while the Cougars fell to 3-6 on the season.

The match did not count against the teams' Pac-10 record but did register in the squad's overall season mark. Washington State and Oregon will meet for the second time March 13 in Pullman, Wash. for the true conference match.

The Ducks jumped out to the early lead winning two of the three doubles matches en route to earning the opening point. At No. 1, Oregon's tandem of Pavlina Smatova and Ana Cecilia Olivos downed the Cougars pairing of Elisabeth Fournier and Ioana Oprea, 8-2. The Ducks clinched the point when Carmen Seremeta and Trudie du Toit downed Aleksandra Cekic and Bianca Selaru, 8-5, at No. 3.

The Cougars lone doubles victory came when Ekaterina Kamendova and Marina Nicolas downed Claudia Hirt and Madelie Janse van Rensburg, 8-4, at the No. 2 position.

The Ducks continued to play strong sweeping all 6 of the singles matches. Hirt picked up her first singles victory of the season, downing Jessica Gomez in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Seremeta widened the Ducks lead to 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Kamendova at the No. 1 singles position. Oregon clinched the match when Ana Cecilia Olivos defeated Cekic, 6-2, 6-3.

Oregon would continue its winning ways in the three remaining slots.

The Cougars are back in action against No. 39 Ohio State, Saturday February 21, at noon. The match will be played at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene, Ore.

WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
No. 46 Stanford 7 def. No. 59 Washington State 0
February 20, 2009
Eugene, Ore.

Doubles:1.) Smatova/Cecilia Olivos (UO) def. Fournier/Oprea (WSU) 8-22.) Kamendova/Nicolas (WSU) def. Hirt/Janse van Rensburg (UO) 8-43.) Seremeta/du Toit (UO) def. Cekic/Selaru (WSU) 8-5Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles:1.) Carmen Seremeta (UO) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) 6-2, 6-42.) Pavlina Smatova (UO) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 6-2, 6-7, 11-9)3.) Ana Cecilia (UO) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) 6-2, 6-34.) Madelie Janse van Rensburg (OU) def. Ioana Oprea (WSU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-65.) Siobhan Cavan (UO) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-3, 5-7, 11-96.) Claudia Hirt (UO) def. Jessica Gomez (WSU) 6-1, 6-2Order of finish: 6, 1, 3, 4, 5, 2

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