Cougars Prevail in Home Finale

April 21, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team defeated archrival Washington, 6-1 Friday at the Stadium Way Tennis Center.

The victory is the first win against UW since the 1999 season and equals the most lopsided victory against Washington (3-14, 0-8 Pacific-10), when WSU downed UW, 7-2, April 21, 1996.

The Cougars (14-11, 1-6 Pac-10) clinched a winning season, for the first time since the 2002 campaign and captured their first Pac-10 win since the 2004 season.

'It was an exhilarating win over our biggest rival, and it's been a long time since we beat them,' WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'I'm very proud of everyone and the effort shown by their play.'

Washington State earned the doubles point with wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 slots. Ekaterina Burduli and teammate Marjolein van de Ven cruised past Tara Simpson and Stephanie Svanfeldt, 8-3, in the two slot. The Huskies took the second match to set the stage for the deciding match played on court three. Aleksandra Stefanova teamed with Aleksandra Cekic to knock off Allison Rainey and Melinda Wong, 9-8, to earn the doubles point for WSU.

In singles play, Bianca Selaru, playing in the No. 4 slot, defeated Wong in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Selaru was down 4-1 in the first set, but battled to take the set, 6-4. Selaru didn't look back as she cruised past Wong in the second set to capture the match and put the Cougars up 2-0.

Delft, Netherlands native, van de Ven, downed Svanfeldt in the No. 4 slot, 6-4, 6-2. The win improves van de Ven to 24-13 this season. Her 24 wins is good enough to place her tied for fourth on the singles season victory Top-10 list at WSU.

Sophomore Stefanova sealed the match for the Cougars as she defeated Rainey, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2. Stefanova dropped the first set, but came back hard in the final two sets to only lose a total two games. She sealed her match and the victory with a forehand winner that Rainey couldn't return.

'I had no idea my match clinched the victory for us,' Stefanova said. 'I just focused on my opponent and got through my match, because I was confident our team would win.'

After the match was decided, Amy Toth captured her 23rd victory by beating Victoria Brymer, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Team Captain Burduli earned her 24th victory by defeating Dinka Hadzic, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6. Burduli is tied with van de Ven on the singles victory season Top-10.

The Cougars will conclude their 2006 dual match season as they travel to Eugene to take on the Ducks of Oregon, Sunday April 23 at noon.

Washington State 6, Washington 1

Doubles (order of finish)

1. Victoria Brymer/Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Maria Ring/Amy Toth (WSU), 8-6 (2)2. Ekaterina Burduli/Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Tara Simpson/Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 8-3 (1)3. Aleksandra Cekic/Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Allison Rainey/Melinda Wong (UW), 9-8 (3)

Singles (order of finish)

1. No. 90 Burduli (WSU) def. Hadzic (UW), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (6)2. Toth (WSU) def. Brymer (UW), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 (5)3. Simpson (UW) def. Cekic (WSU), 6-2, 6-3 (2)4. van de Ven (WSU) def. Svanfeldt (UW), 6-4, 6-2 (3)5. Selaru (WSU) def. Wong (UW), 6-4, 6-2 (1)6. Stefanova (WSU) def. Rainey (UW), 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 (4)

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