Cougars Set to Host BYU

Jan. 23, 2008

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PULLMAN, Wash.- The Washington State University tennis team, ranked No. 50 (ITA) nationally, will host BYU Friday, Jan. 25...Cougars and BYU will face off at 11a.m. and the match will be played at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

Scouting BYU - BYU, ranked No.28, enters Fridays match 2-2 after a 2-5 lose to Arkansas...last season BYU finished the season 22-7,they lost in the second round of the NCAA Championships to Stanford...BYU returns six players from last season and are led by senior Anastasia Surkova...WSU holds a 4-3 record all-time against BYU.

Last Week - The Cougars had a pair of sweeps against Eastern Washington University and University of Idaho...WSU cruised by Eastern Washington in the morning match of a double header 7-0... Aleksandra Stefanova clinched the match for the Cougars with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kerstyn Dolack at the No. 2 spot...against the University of Idaho, the Cougars earned the doubles point and won all six singles matches to earn its second sweep of the day.

Team Leaders - Burduli is leading the way for the Cougars with a 13-2 record...she has a winning percentage of .866, highest on the team...Burduli now has 76 career singles victories which is good for a tie at fourth all-time...senior Aleksandra Stefanova has a record of 8-3 which is second on the team...Burduli and freshman Ekaterina Kamendova have combined for a team-best 8-3 doubles record.

Newcomers - Freshmen, Ekaterina Kamendova defeated Sarah Leuenberger of Eastern Washington 6-3, 6-0 and then downed Alexandra Ulesanu of Idaho 6-2, 7-6... Marina Nicolas defeated Marie Demerath of Eastern Washington 6-2, 6-4 and then posted a 6-3, 6-7, 10-6 win over Natile Kirch of Idaho...each have records of 8-4.

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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