Cougars Conclude Dual Matches with a 5-2 Loss Against Washington

April 21, 2007

Seattle, Wash. -The 45th-ranked Washington State Cougars captured two single match victories and only one doubles match en route to a 5-2 loss against the arch-rival Washington Huskies, Saturday afternoon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.


The Cougars fell to 14-11 overall and 1-7 in Pacific-10 Conference play and will have to wait for a result in Sunday's Washington versus Oregon match to find out their final position in the conference.  The Huskies improved to 4-16 overall and 1-6 in the Pac-10.


A match that was scheduled for the Bill Quillian outdoor courts was moved to the indoor courts after a short rain delay.  The Cougars dropped doubles matches in the two and three positions earning Washington the early 1-0 advantage.


Aleksandra Malovic and Allison Rainey were the first Washington duo to capture a doubles victory.  The tandem defeated first time partners Amy Toth and Bianca Selaru, 8-5 in the No. 3 slot.  The Huskies would close out the point in the No. 2 slot after Melinda Wong and Tara Simpson used an extra game to defeat Aleksandra Cekic and Aleksandra Stefanova, 9-7.


Ekaterina Burduli and senior Marjolein van de Ven avoided the Huskies attempt at a doubles sweep with a 9-8 victory over Joyce Ardies and Mathilde Cor.  The WSU duo captured their 23rd career victory, which places them seventh on the all-time list.


Losing 1-0, the Cougars would claw back after Burduli earned a straight-set win over Cor, 6-2, 6-4.  Burduli improved her impressive run against Washington opponents in singles action.  All-time Burduli has a perfect 7-0 record, culminated by a 7-5, 6-1 victory over sixth-ranked Dea Sumantri, March 20, 2005.


With the match even at one, Cekic cruised past Tara Simpson, 7-5, 6-3, in the No. 4 slot giving the Cougars a 2-1 advantage.  Cekic finished the regular season with a 13-16 record.


The Huskies stormed back in the remaining four slots to capture the victory.  Stefanova was downed by Melinda Wong, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.  Stefanova captured the first set, but couldn't manage to hang on to close out the match. 


Washington's Ardies gave the Huskies the lead for good after her straight-set defeat over van de Ven, 6-4, 6-2.  The Huskies would secure the win in the fifth slot after Rainey came back to defeat Selaru, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.


The Cougars will take a small hiatus in order to prepare for the Pac-10 Championships at Ojai, Calif. beginning Thursday, April 26 and concluding Sunday, April 29.

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