Cougars Fall in Close Match Against BYU

Jan. 21, 2005

PROVO, Utah- The No. 66 Washington State women's tennis team kicked off its season by losing to No. 25 Brigham Young 4-3, in a four and a half hour match, Friday. The Cougars captured their three points from singles matches.

'It was a heartbreaker,' Washington State Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'We put ourselves in a position to win and unfortunately we couldn't come up with it.'

Freshman Ekaterina Burduli downed Anastasia Sourkova in No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-2. Senior Nora Gaal found success against Sofia Holden as she triumphed 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7), in the No. 4 slot. Rounding out Washington State winners was sophomore Amy Toth who held off Hadley Macfarlane, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

The Cougars were swept in doubles play to begin the match. Playing in the No. 1 spot seniors Orsolya Sallai/Chris Martinez were defeated by Lauren Jones/Hadley Macfarlane, 8-5. In their first competition as Cougars, Burduli and fellow freshmen Aleksandra Stefanova were put down by Sourkova/Dolly Chang, 8-3, while Toth/Gaal came up short against Rebecca Pike/Olga Boulytcheva, 8-5.

In No. 1 singles, Sallai could not hold off Lauren Jones in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Martinez fell to Boulytcheva in the No. 3 slot by a score of 6-3, 6-1. Rounding out the Cougar six was Stefanova, who was defeated by Pike 6-4, 6-0.

'We are really looking forward to our matches next Saturday,' Hart said. 'If we continue to play like we did today it's going to be a great year for us.'

The Cougars will play host to both Idaho and Eastern Washington Saturday, January 29. The Cougars will face the Vandals at 9 a.m. and at 4:30 p.m. the Eagles will take the court against the Cougars. Both matches will be played at the Stadium Way Tennis Center in Pullman.

WSU RESULTS vs. BYUDoublesMacfarlane/Jones (BYU) def. Martinez/Sallai (WSU), 8-5Chang/Sourkova (BYU) def. Burduli/Stefanova (WSU), 8-3Boulytcheva/Pike (BYU) def. Gaal/Toth (WSU), 8-5

Singles1. Lauren Jones (BYU) def. Orsolya Sallai (WSU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-42. Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Anastasia Sourkova (BYU), 6-4, 6-23. Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Chris Martinez (WSU), 6-3, 6-14. Nora Gaal (WSU) def. Sofia Holden (BYU), 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)5. Amy Toth (WSU) def. Hadley Macfarlane (BYU), 6-3, 7-6 (4)6. Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), 6-4, 6-0

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