Burduli Upsets, Cougars Fall to Washington

March 20, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - The No. 73 Washington State women's tennis team was sunk 4-2 by No. 14 Washington in a singles only match Sunday. Cougar Freshman Ekaterina Burduli shined for WSU as she knocked off No. 6 Dea Sumantri in the No. 1 doubles position 7-5, 6-1. The last time Burduli defeated a ranked opponent was February 5 when she put down No. 103 Meg Racette of Iowa 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.

The Cougars moved their record to 7-10 overall on the season while the Huskies sit at 11-5 overall.

Senior Chris Martinez also nailed down a win. At the No. 3 singles slot she handed a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Mugette Ahn. Martinez has collected 14 wins on the season which is one more than her total from 2003-04.

In the No. 2 position Orsolya Sallai was put down by No. 34 Dinka Hadzic 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. It also took three sets for Nora Gaal to be put away by Saskia Nauenberg 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the No. 4 slot.

'We have truly made strides as a team this season,' Washington State Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'Ekaterina's win is so great for our program and the team's effort was phenomenal.'

The Cougars will return to action Saturday, March 26 in Pullman as they host Montana State at 9 a.m. and Gonzaga at 2 p.m.

WSU RESULTS vs. Washington (No doubles matches were played)Singles1. Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. No. 6 Dea Sumantri (UW) 7-5, 6-12. Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Orsolya Sallai (WSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-03. Chris Martinez (WSU) def. Mugette Ahn (UW) 6-3, 6-44. Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Nora Gaal (WSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-45. Tara Simpson (UW) def. Amy Toth (WSU) 6-1, 6-16. Allison Rainey (UW) def . Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) 6-1, 6-0
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