Cougar Tennis Rolls Past Eagles in Season Opener

Jan. 17, 2006

LEWISTON, Idaho - The Washington State University Cougars took five of six singles matches against in-state rival Eastern Washington, on their way to a 6-1 victory over the Eagles.

Sophomore Ekaterina Burduli set the pace for the Cougars with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 match against WSU transfer Nelly Dvornicka. Burduli is currently ranked No. 59 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Burduli paired up with Aleksandra Stefanova to defeat Dvornicka and Rachel Berger, 8-2 earlier in the day.

WSU juniors Amy Toth and Marjolein van de Ven also won with ease. Toth was matched up against Sayaka Yoshimoto and defeated her 6-3, 6-2. The No. 81 singles player nationally, van de Ven defeated Illiana Petrova 6-1, 6-3 to improve her record to 10-3.

In the number one doubles slot Maria Ring and Toth faired well by defeating EWU's Kasey Knox and Petrova 8-1.

WSU RESULTS vs. EWUSingles1.  Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Nelly Dvornicka (EWU), 6-0, 6-12.  Amy Toth (WSU) def. Sayaka Yoshimoto (EWU), 6-3, 6-23.  Maria Ring (WSU) def. Kasey Knox (EWU), 6-4, 7-54.  Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Illiana Petrova (EWU), 6-1, 6-35.  Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Amanda Manhovits (EWU), 6-4, 6-16.  Rachel Berger (EWU) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)

Doubles1. Ring/Toth (WSU) def. Knox/Petrova (EWU), 8-12. Burduli/Stefanova (WSU) def. Berger/Dvornicka (EWU), 8-23. van de Ven/Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Marie Carroll/Manhovits (EWU), 8-2

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