Led By Burduli, Cougar Tennis Soars

March 23, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - Freshman Ekaterina Burduli has etched her name in the Cougar record books with her 7-5, 6-1 win over No. 6 Dea Sumantri. The win over the Husky marks the defeat of the highest ranked opponent in Cougar tennis history. Burduli joined the team in January and since has compiled 11 singles triumphs including a win over No. 103 Meg Racette of Iowa 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.

'We are thrilled about Ekaterina's accomplishments on the court,' Washington State head coach Lisa Hart said. 'This is a positive reflection on our program and the hard work we have put in.'

The team is currently ranked No. 64 after beginning the season at No. 75 and moving last week into the No. 73 position. The Cougars will look to improve upon their highest ranking of No. 51 which was at the beginning of last season.

'We're so excited about the future of our program,' Hart said. 'Our team is definitely headed in the right direction and we feel good.'

The Cougars will be back in action Saturday, March 26 as they host a doubleheader against Montana State, at 9 a.m., and Gonzaga at 2 p.m.

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