No. 16 Sun Devils defeat Cougars, 7-0
March 7, 2009
Tempe, Ariz. - The Washington State women's tennis team traveled to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Arizona State. The Cougars suffered a tough loss in Pacific-10 play Saturday, when the Sun Devils defeated the Cougars, 7-0, at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
The Sun Devils jumped out to the early lead after sweeping the doubles matches, earning the opening point.
At the No. 1 position, Ekaterina Kamendova and Elisabeth Fournier battled against Kelcy McKenna and Micaela Hein. The Arizona State tandem earned the victory over the Washington State teammates, 8-2. Marina Nicolas and Bianca Selaru were defeated by Nadia Abdala and Laila Abdala at the No. 2 position, 8-1. Aleksandra Cekic and Ioana Oprea fought hard in their match against Sianna Simmons and Ashlee Brown, but were unable to come away with the victory as they fell, 8-5, at the No. 3 slot.
In singles action, the Sun Devils outlasted the Cougars earning victories at all six singles positions. Kamendova went up against the 3rd-ranked player in the nation, McKenna. The Cougar sophomore suffered a hard fought loss as McKenna ended up winning the match, 6-2, 6-3.
At the No. 3 position, Fournier found herself in a tough battled against No. 71 Hein. Fournier forced a three-set match after downing Hein in the first set. Hein battled back to take the second-set evening the match. Fournier and her opponent exchanged points before Hein claimed the third-set and the match, 2-6, 7-6, 10-7.
At the No. 1 slot, Nadia Abdala defeated Cekic, 6-1, 6-2. Oprea suffered a tough loss as she was defeated by Laila Abdala, 6-0, 6-1. Nicolas battled against Simmons, but was unable to earn the victory falling, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 5. At the No. 6 slot, Brown defeated Selaru, 6-2, 6-0.
The Cougars will return home to take on Boise State, Wednesday March 11, at noon.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
No. 16 Arizona State 7 def. Washington State 0
March 7, 2009
1) Hein/McKenna (ASU) def. Kamendova/Fournier (WSU) 8-22) Abdala/Abdala (ASU) def. Nicolas/Selaru (WSU) 8-13) Brown/Simmons (ASU) def. Cekic/Oprea (WSU) 8-5
1) No 3. Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) 6-2, 6-32) Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) 6-1, 6-23) No. 71 Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 2-6, 7-6, 10-74) Laila Abdala (ASU) def. Ioana Oprea (WSU) 6-0, 6-15) Sianna Simmons (ASU) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-4, 6-16) Ashlee Brown (ASU) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU) 6-2, 6-0