Cougars Edge Past Utah, 4-3

Jan. 25, 2007

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. - Washington State sophomore Aleksandra Cekic defeated Utah's Karine Bourdages, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 clinching a Cougar victory over Utah, 4-3, Thursday evening at the Eccles Tennis Center.

The Cougars (3-0 Overall, 0-0 Pac-10), ranked 66th nationally, fell behind 1-0 in the match after being swept by Utah (0-1, Overall, 0-0 MWC) 3-0 in doubles.

The Cougars would strike back to take four of the six singles matches.

Amy Toth defeated Emily Kwok in three-sets, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 to earn her seventh win of the season. Currently, Toth has 65 career wins, which places her ninth on WSU's career top ten list.

Senior Marjolein van de Ven and junior Aleksandra Stefanova captured straight-set victories to tie the game at three. Stefanova defeated Andrea Maughan, 6-2, 7-6 at No. 5 and van de Ven cruised past Cheyenne Reveche, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4.

With the match tied, it all came down to the No. 6 slot. Cekic faced Bourdages and dropped the first set 7-5. Cekic rallied back in the second set to take it 6-2. The London, Ontario Canada native captured the third set, 6-3 to earn her fifth victory of the season and clinch the match for WSU.

The Cougars improved to 4-0 in the all-time series against the Utes and start 3-0 for the first time since the 1987-88 season.

The Cougars finish their two game road trip with BYU, Friday, Jan. 26, in Provo, Utah at 11 a.m.

WASHINGTON STATE TENNISWashington State 4 def. Utah 3January 25, 2007Eccles Tennis CenterSalt Lake City, Utah.

Doubles1. No. 67 Elizabeth Ferris/Leigh Walsh (Utah) def. No. 85 Ekaterina Burduli/Marjolein Van de Ven (WSU); 8-42. Emily Kwok/Cheyenne Reveche (Utah) def. Ashley Spicer/Amy Toth (WSU); 8-53. Karine Bourdages/Andrea Maughan (Utah) def. Bianca Selaru/Alexandra Stefanova (WSU); 8-5

Singles1. Elizabeth Ferris (Utah) def. Ekaterina Burduli (WSU); 6-4, 6-02. Amy Toth (WSU) def. Emily Kwok (Utah); 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6)3. Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Cheyenne Reveche (Utah); 6-0, 6-34. Leigh Walsh (Utah) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU); 6-1, 6-15. Alexandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Andrea Maughan (Utah); 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)6. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Karine Bourdages (Utah); 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

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