Burduli, Spicer Advance To Third Round At ITA Northwest Regioanl

Oct. 20, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - Ekaterina Burduli and Ashley Spicer each advanced to the third round with straight-set wins to highlight the first day of play at the 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Women's Northwest Regional Friday at the Hellman Tennis Center.

Burduli, a junior and the No. 7 seed, drew a bye in the first round then posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Pacific's Sasha Fisher. The win pushed Burduli's season record to a team-leading 9-2.

Spicer, a freshman, needed a tiebreaker in his first round match against Pacific's Clara Schumacher before prevailing, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Spicer then rolled into the third round with a convincing 6-3, 6-0 victory over Cal Poly's Diane Filip.

Two other Cougar players fell in the second round after each received an opening-round bye. Senior Amy Toth battled No. 10 seed Stephanie Kusano of Cal to within a break of serve in the second set before falling, 6-1, 6-4. Freshman Anastesia Opata played two close sets but came up shy against Sacramento State's Joyce Martinez Gutierrez, 6-3, 6-4.

In double play all three Cougar teams reached the second round. Burduli and Marjolein van de Ven posted an 8-3 win over Cal Poly's Filip and Brittany Blalock and will now meet the tournament's top-seeded duo of Suzi Babos and Suzi Fodor of Cal in the next round.

Opata and Spicer posted an 8-2 win over Washington's Allison Rainey and Melinda Wong in the first round before dropping an 8-0 decision to Nevada's Caroline Bailly and Maria Mizyuk. Toth and Aleksandra Cekic faced Pacific-10 Conference foe Carmen Serementa and Claudia Hirt of Oregon in the second round after and opening-round bye. The Duck duo emerged with an 8-3 win.

Cekic, van de Ven and Aleksandra Stefanova all had singles matches Friday, however results were not available as of press time.

Play continues through Monday at the ITA Northwest Regional.

ITA Women's Northwest Regional
Oct. 20-23, 2006
Hellman Tennis Center
Berkeley, Calif.

First Round
Ashley Spicer (WSU) def. Clara Schumacher (PAC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

Second Round
No. 7 Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def, Sasha Fisher (PAC) 6-2, 6-1
Ashley Spicer (WSU) def. Diane Filip (CP) 6-3, 6-0
No. 10 Stephanie Kusano (CAL) def. Amy Toth (WSU) 6-1, 6-4
Joyce Martinez Gutierrez (SAC) def. Anastesia Opata (WSU) 6-3, 6-4

First Round

Anastesia Opata/Ashley Spicer (WSU) def. Allison Rainey/Melinda Wong (UW) 8-2

Second Round
Ekaterina Burduli/Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Brittany Blalock/Diane Filip (CP) 8-3
Carmen Seremeta/Claudia Hirt (ORE) def. Aleksandra Cekic/Amy Toth (WSU) 8-3
Caroline Bailly/Maria Mizyuk (NEV) def. Anastesia Opata/Ashley Spicer (WSU) 8-0

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