Cougar Tennis Upsets No. 73 Boise State

March 5, 2006

LEWISTON, Idaho - The Washington State women's tennis team defeated the Boise State Broncos, 5-2. The win brings the Cougars back to .500 with a record of 5-5 and the Broncos drop just their third match to become 8-3.

The victory adds to WSU head coach Lisa Hart's win total against ranked opponents with six. The upset over the Broncos, No. 73 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, is the first victory over a ranked opponent of the year for the Cougars.

'I was thrilled about the play brought forth by our doubles team today,' Hart said. 'This Boise State doubles team beat Oregon's, and now we're going to use this momentum to get ready for our Spring Break matches against UCLA and USC.'

The Cougars earned the doubles point by beating Boise State in the No. 1 and No. 2 slot. In the No. 2 slot, Sophomore Ekaterina Burduli and partner Marjolein van de Ven defeated Jana Mackova and Laura Baum, 8-4 to tie the doubles at 1-1. After the conclusion of Burduli and van de Ven's match, both teams stood in lines on a near by court to cheer on the finale of Maria Ring and Amy Toth versus Hadley MacFarlane and Megan Biorkman of Boise State. The match went back and forth until Maria Ring crushed a game winner to win the set, 8-6 and earn the doubles point.

In singles play, Burduli defeated Biorkman in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4 in the No.1 slot. The win improves Burduli's dual match record to 6-4 (14-8).

Freshman Aleksandra Cekic defeated Tatiana Ganzha, 7-6, 6-1, 6-4. In the first set, Cekic went down 2-5, but battled back to win the set and eventually take the match. The victory put the Cougars up 3-1 with 3 matches to go.

In an adjacent court, van de Ven was facing Mackova. The Delft, Netherlands native dropped the first set, but won the second set to even the score. In the final set, van de Ven and Mackova shared lob shots, but van de Ven won the three set contest, 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 and sealed the Cougar victory. The dual match win improves van de Ven's overall record to a team leading 15-7.

The Cougars will be back in Pacific-10 action, Friday March 10, at 1:30 p.m. where they will face No. 13 UCLA. The Cougars will then travel to play No. 2 USC, Saturday March 11, at noon. The matches will mark the first road trip for WSU this season in dual match play.


Singles1. Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Megan Biorkman (BSU), 6-1, 6-42. Hadley MacFarlane (BSU) def. Amy Toth (WSU), 6-4, 6-23. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Tatiana Ganzha (BSU), 7-6, 1-6, 6-44. Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Jana Mackova (BSU), 2-6, 6-1, 7-55. Tiffany Coll (BSU) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), 6-2, 6-46. Maria Ring (WSU) def. Jen Wencel (BSU), 6-2, 6-0

Doubles1. Ring/Toth (WSU) def. Biorkman/MacFarlane (BSU), 8-62. Burduli/van de Ven (WSU) def. Laura Baum/Mackova (BSU), 8-43. Ganzha/Coll(BSU) def. Tessa Hollyn Taub/Stefanova (WSU), 8-2

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