Burduli Named Pacific-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week

March 26, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University junior Ekaterina Burduli was named Pacific-10 Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week for her strong play during the week of March 19-26, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.

Burduli garnered her second career Player of the Week accolade after her convincing defeats in the No 1 single and double slots in a WSU victgory over the 23rd ranked Oregon Ducks. Burduli teamed with senior Marjolein van de Ven for an 8-5 win over Oregon's Dominika Dieskova and Anna Cecilia Olivos. The victory put the Cougars in great position to capture the doubles points, which they did with a 9-7 win in the No. 3 position.

The Tel Aviv, Israel native then went to work in singles action as she cruised past Dieskova in the No. 1 slot, 6-3, 6-0. The Burduli victory put the Cougars up 2-0 and WSU would go on to add three-straight single matches to secure a 5-2 win at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

The victory over Oregon avenged a Feb. 24, 6-1 loss to the Ducks in a nonconference match in Eugene.

It was WSU's highest victory over a ranked opponent since a 4-3 defeat over the 23rd Oregon Ducks in 2004.

The Cougar's top player improved to 18-4 and is currently riding a three-match win streak. Burduli has helped the Cougars to defeat four nationally-ranked opponents and are 12-7 and 1-4 in Pac-10 play.

WSU will take a break from Pac-10 action and travel to Boise to take on the Boise State Broncos, Saturday March 31 at noon.

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