Cougar Tennis Swept By No. 9 California

Feb. 25, 2006

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team fell to the No. 9 California Golden Bears, 7-0 Saturday. WSU moves its record to 4-5 and 0-2 in the Pacific-10. The Bears boasted three ranked players and one ranked doubles team to defeat the Cougars.

In doubles play, the Cougars battled hard in a losing effort. Doubles tandem Ekaterina Burduli and Bianca Selaru lost to Claire Ilcinkas and Marion Ravelojaona, 8-5. However, Washington State head coach Lisa Hart was proud of the effort displayed by team captain Burduli and teammate Selaru.

'I was really proud of the way we fought in the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles slot,' Hart said. 'They are showing improvement, and will be ready for the match next week.'

Freshman Aleksandra Cekic in No. 4 singles took Ilcinkas to a third set but fell, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5. It was her second time she took an opponent to a close third set of the weekend.

Sophomore Burduli was defeated by No. 3 Zsuzanna Fodor, 7-6, 6-1. The Tel Aviv, Isreal native remains above .500 in dual match play with a record of 5-4.

The Cougars will be back on the courts Sunday, March 5, in Pullman, Wash., at 11 a.m. The Cougars will be looking to upset No. 73 Boise State. The match is scheduled for Pullman, Wash., but could change due to weather.

WSU RESULTS vs. CALIFORNIASingles1. No.3 Zsuzanna Fodor (CAL) def. Ekaterina Burduli (WSU), 7-6, 6-12. No.25 Suzi Babos (CAL) def. Amy Toth (WSU), 6-3, 6-13. No.70 Cristina Visico (CAL) def. Marjolein van de Ven (WSU), 6-4, 6-14. Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU), 7-5, 1-6, 7-55. Jessica Shu (CAL) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), 6-3, 6-16. Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU), 6-1, 6-1Doubles1. No.37 Bobusic/Fodor (CAL) def. Maria Ring/Toth (WSU), 8-22. Ilcinkas/Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Burduli/Selaru (WSU), 8-53. Stephanie Kusano/Visico (CAL) def. Stefanova/van de Ven (WSU), 8-6
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