No. 50 WSU Begins Three Match Road Trip

Jan. 28, 2008

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PULLMAN, Wash.- The Washington State University tennis team, ranked No. 50 (ITA) nationally, will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. where it will face off against Wyoming, Air Force and Denver, beginning Friday, Feb. 1.

Upcoming Series - WSU will face Wyoming at 10 a.m. Friday Feb. 1...WSU holds the all-time advantage at 3-0...last time the two teams met, March 4, 2007, WSU defeated the Cowboys 5-2...this will be the first meeting between Air Force and WSU when they meet at 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 2...Air Force (0-3) fell to Texas Tech, 6-1, in their last match...this will be the Cougars' first match-up with No. 47 Denver ...these two will face off at 9 a.m. Sunday, the final match of the weekend.

Last Week - The Washington State tennis squad upended No. 28 BYU 4-3...BYU came out strong as they won the doubles point after sweeping all three matches...the Cougars then won 4 of the 6 singles matches to seal the victory...Aleksandra Cekic clinched the win for the Cougars with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over BYU's Elle Carney...freshman Ekaterina Kamendova defeated Elizaveta Ezhova in a tough three set match 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at. No.3...senior Ekaterina Burduli picked up her third win of the season when she defeated Kristina Doerr 6-1, 6-1, which pushed her career total to 77 singles victories, good for a third place tie all-time.

History in the Making - Under the guidance of head coach Lisa Hart, the Cougars are off to a 3-0 start in dual match play for the second straight season...this is the first time they have started 3-0 in back-to-back seasons since the 1987 and 1988 campaigns.

Team Leaders - Burduli is leading the way for the Cougars with a 14-2 record...she has a winning percentage of .875, highest on the team...Ekaterina Kamendova is second on the team with a 9-4 record...Burduli and Kamendova have also combined for a team-best 8-4 doubles record.

Rankings - So far in this young season the Cougars are ranked No. 50 according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and senior Ekaterina Burduli is ranked No. 91 in singles play.
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