Cougar Tennis Ranked Nationally

Jan. 11, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - For the third straight season, the Washington State women's tennis team will start the dual match portion of its season nationally-ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.

The Cougars earned the No. 66 position and junior Ekaterina Burduli captured the 85th spot in the individual rankings.

'It's an honor to be selected in the rankings and recognized as one of the best teams in the country,' WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'Our goal is to continue to play the quality of tennis that earned us this ranking, which will allow us to compete against a very tough 2007 schedule.'

The Cougars competed in two tournaments during their fall play, the BYU Invitational and the Jack Taylor Classic hosted by Boise State. In the BYU Invitational, Burduli captured the title in Flight A and Aleksandra Stefanova reached the finals in her respective flight.

The Jack Taylor Classic allowed the Cougars to get a glimpse of what the upcoming dual match season will have in store for them. Oregon, Boise State and New Mexico participated in the tournament and WSU will play Oregon (No. 42) and Boise State (No. 65) during dual match play.

Burduli earned a No. 85 national-ranking and a regional ranking of 17th after finishing the 2006 fall season with a 10-3 record. The Tel Aviv, Israel native captured the BYU Invitational title (Flight A) after defeating third-seeded Lauren Jones of BYU, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6. Burduli reached the round of 16 at the ITA Northwest Regional, but fell to No. 56 Cristina Visicio, 7-6, 6-2. Burduli competed against five nationally-ranked opponents and defeated two of them (No. 77 Petra Dizdar, Texas; No. 74 Taryn Rudman, Georgia Tech).

The Cougars will defend their ranking when they open 2007 dual match play against in-state rivals Gonzaga and Eastern Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007.

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