Two Cougars Reach BYU Invitational Finals

Sept. 22, 2006

PROVO, Utah. - Washington State University juniors Ekaterina Burduli and Aleksandra Stefanova earned trips to the finals of their respective flights at the Brigham Young University's Tennis Invitational. The victories marks Burduli's third trip to a finals match and first for Stefanova in their careers.

In the top flight, Burduli downed two different Colorado State opponents to earn a trip to the finals. In the quarterfinal match, Burduli dropped Lauren Strasburger, 6-3, 6-0 to reach the semifinals. Emily Kirchem was up next for the No.1 seed Burduli. Burduli eased past fourth-seeded Kirchem in two sets, 7-5, 6-2. Burduli has yet to drop a set in the tournament as she prepares to face third-seeded Lauren Jones of BYU in Saturday's final.

In the No. 2 flight, Stefanova defeated two Mountain West Conference opponents en route to the finals. The unseeded Stefanova defeated fourth-seeded Karine Bourdages of Utah, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4. Top-seeded Chie Hayasaka of BYU awaited Stefanova in the Cougar semifinal. Stefanova got the best of Hayasaka in two set fashion, 6-3, 6-3. Stefanova will play another MWC opponent in Saturday's final as she takes on Utah's Cheyenne Reveche.

The Cougars had two doubles tandems reach the quarterfinals, but neither could come up with wins to advance to the semifinals. Third-seeded Aleksandra Cekic and partner Stefanova fell to BYU's Jocelyn Jensen and Brianna Williamson, 8-6.

The BYU Invitational concludes tomorrow with championship matches in both single and both doubles flight. Matches are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

2006 BYU Invitational Day Two ResultsFlight 1 SinglesQuarterfinals(1) Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Lauren Strasburger (CSU), 6-3, 6-0(2) Liz Ferris (Utah) def. Marjolein van de Ven (WSU)(3) Lauren Jones (BYU) def. (6) Amy Toth (WSU), 6-4, 6-1Semifinals(1) Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. (4) Emily Kirchem (CSU), 7-5, 6-2

Flight 2 SinglesQuarterfinalsCheyenne Reveche (Utah) def. (3) Anastesia Opata (WSU), 6-3, 6-2Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. (4) Karine Bourdages (Utah), 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4SemifinalsAleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. (1) Chie Hayasaka (BYU), 6-3, 6-3

Flight 1 DoublesFirst Round(3) Opata/Toth (WSU) def. Kirsten Stople/Strasburger (CSU), 8-5Emily Kirchem/Neal (CSU) def. (4) Spicer/van de Ven (WSU), 8-1QuarterfinalsPolina Kokoulina/Tatiana Ganzha (BSU) def. (3) Opata/Toth (WSU), 8-2

Flight 2 DoublesFirst Round(3) Cekic/Stefanova (WSU), BYEQuarterfinalsJocelyn Jensen/Brianna Williamson (BYU) def. (3) Cekic/Stefanova (WSU), 8-6

() Represents seed in tournament

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