Cougar Tennis Swept by No. 5 USC

March 11, 2006

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Washington State University Cougars dropped its second match of the weekend, Saturday afternoon. The Cougars, ranked No. 73 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, were swept by No. 5 University Southern California, 6-0. The loss drops WSU to 5-7 on the season and 0-4 in the Pacific-10.

Sophomore Ekaterina Burduli fell to No. 50 Lindsey Nelson, 6-2, 7-6. Burduli fought hard in the final set, but couldn't prolong the match to a third set. Burduli, currently ranked No. 84, is .500 in dual match play with a record of 6-6 (14-10).

Doubles matches were not played, because of the cloudy weather conditions. The singles matches were played first in anticipation of rain. After the conclusion of the singles matches, the double point was unnecessary and not played.

The Cougars will take a break from Pac-10 play and travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to play against Hawaii, Wyoming and Iowa State. The Cougars will take on Hawaii, Tuesday March 14 at 3 p.m. The Cougars will then gear up for a double header against Wyoming at 9 a.m. and Iowa State at 2 p.m., with the matches scheduled for Thursday, March 16.

(73) WSU RESULTS vs. (5) USC (6-0 USC)Singles1.  No. 50 Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. No. 84 Ekaterina Burduli (WSU), 6-2, 7-62.  No. 3 Amanda Fink (USC) def. Amy Toth (WSU), 6-2, 6-33.  No. 48 Dianne Matias (USC) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU), 6-0, 6-04.  No. 67 Luana Magnani (USC) def. Marjolein van de Ven (WSU), 6-3, 6-35.  Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), 6-0, 6-36.  Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Maria Ring (WSU), 6-3, 6-2