Cougars Sting The Hornets and Tame the Bobcats in Doubleheader

Feb. 10, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team captured two victories against Big Sky opponents, No. 47 Sacramento State, 4-3, and the Montana State Bobcats, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

WSU (8-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) defeated No. 47 Sacramento State (3-2 overall, 1-0 Big Sky), 4-3, after capturing the doubles point and split the six singles matches with the Hornets. Against Montana State (1-5 overall, 0-0 Big Sky), WSU again earned the doubles point and swept singles for the 7-0 victory.

WSU improved to 8-1 for the first time since the 1988-89 season and it was the 10th victory for WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart over a ranked opponent.

'I'm really impressed with the way out team came our and fought today,' Hart said. 'Sacramento State is a great team and has proven it with wins over Pac-10 foes, Oregon and Washington, and I think it's a big win for our program to show we're getting ready to compete in conference play.

In doubles action, WSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Ashley Spicer and Amy Toth defeated the Hornets' Cecilia Helland and Luba Schifris, 8-6. Sacramento State shot back with Anastassia Lyssenko and Aileen Tsan who defeated Aleksandra Cekic and Aleksandra Stefanova, 8-3, tying doubles play at one.

Junior Ekaterina Burduli and Marjolein van de Ven secured the doubles point for WSU by defeating Joyce Martinez Gutierrez and Katrina Zheltova, 8-6. The WSU tandem stormed back after falling behind 6-4 by winning the next four games and tying the match at six. The duo would eventually break the tie with two straight-games and earned the victory and the doubles point for WSU.

Trailing 1-0, the Hornets bounced back in singles play with wins in the No. 1 and 4 slots to give Sacramento State a 2-1 lead. The lead would not last long as Toth defeated Anastassia Lyseenko in straight-sets, 6-2, 7-5. WSU would eventually take the lead after van de Ven eased past Tsan, 6-0, 6-3.

The Hornets would not go away, they buzzed back by capturing a win in the No. 6 slot with Helland defeating Stefanova, 6-4, 6-0.

In the final match, Cekic secured the WSU victory with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory against Gutierrez. Cekic dropped the first set 6-1, but forced a final third set after claiming the second set 6-1. In the final set, Cekic put her opponent away with a 6-1 win securing the WSU victory.

Against Montana State, WSU again started out with a 1-0 advantage after taking two out of the three doubles matches. The tandem of Burduli and van de Ven won their second match of the day after a 8-2 victory against Allison Fey and Katy Prioetti in the No. 1 slot. Montana State kept it close after Nuria Hernandez and McKenzie Hilmer defeated Cekic and Anastesia Opata, 8-5. WSU would answer with Spicer and Toth teaming up for their second win of the day after upending Ali Griffin and Nicole Luetolf 8-5.

In singles play against the Bobcats, Toth increased the Cougar lead to 2-0 after her straight-set defeat of Luetolf, 6-0, 6-4. Toth finished 2-0 Saturday and now has 70 wins during her WSU career. She is one win away from tying Sheryl Traum, who currently resides in eighth place on the WSU career victory list.

Burduli followed Toth's win and increased the winning margin as she cruised past Nuria Hernandez, 6-4, 6-2. van de Ven secured the WSU victory after her straight-set win over Proietti, 6-0, 6-2. The Delft, Netherlands native increased her team leading season record to 16-4 with Saturday's victories.

With wins in the No. 4, 5, and 6 slot, WSU swept the Bobcats 7-0, taking the all-time series 11-10. WSU remained perfect against Sacramento State in the all-time series 3-0.

WSU goes back on the road for its conference openers against Arizona, Friday, Feb. 16 at noon and Arizona State, Saturday, Feb. 17 at noon.

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