50th-Ranked Cougars Set to Host Season-Opening Doubleheader

Jan. 14, 2008

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This Week - The Washington State University tennis team, ranked No. 50 (ITA) nationally opens its 2008 campaign by hosting Eastern Washington and Idaho Saturday, Jan. 19...Cougars and Eastern Washington square off at 10 a.m. while Idaho faces WSU at 6 p.m... both matches will be played at the Simmelink Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

Scouting the Eagles -The Eagles finished last season with an 8-15 record, the eight wins are the most by an Eagles women's tennis team since 1993, when the squad went 10-8...last year's team was also the first team in school history to post a winning record in the Big Sky Conference at 4-3...Eastern Washington participated in three fall tournaments, the Cougar Classic, Eastern Washington University/Gonzaga University Invite and the Washington Invitational...all-time the Cougars hold a 24-2 record against the Eagles.

Scouting the Vandals - Last season the Vandals finished tied for third in the WAC with a 16-9 record...the Vandals reached the semifinals of the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championship, falling to Fresno State...Idaho competed in three tournaments this fall, the Cougar Classic, Eastern Washington University/Gonzaga University Invite and the New Mexico Fall Individual Invitational...all-time the Cougars hold a 20-18 record against the Vandals.

Team Leaders - Burduli is leading the way for the Cougars with an 11-2 record...she has a winning percentage of .846, highest on the team...senior Aleksandra Stefanova has a record of 6-3 and freshmen Jessica Gomez, Ekaterina Kamendova and Marina Nicolas each have records of 6-4...Burduli and freshman Ekaterina Kamendova have combined for a team best 6-3 doubles record.

Rankings - For the fourth straight season the Cougars will begin the spring schedule with a national ranking...WSU enters 2008 with a team ranking of No. 50...Burduli will start the spring with a ranking of No. 91 after posting a 11-2 record during fall play...Kamendova and Burduli also represented WSU in the regional rankings...Burduli earned a ranking of No. 16 while Kamendova garnered a No. 26 ranking after posting a 6-4 record during fall play.

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