The No. 46 Cougars Down No. 67 Utah, 5-2

Feb. 16, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash.- The No. 46 (ITA) Washington State Cougars tennis squad captured a victory against a Mountain West opponent, after defeating Utah, 5-2, Friday evening at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

WSU (6-1 overall) defeated Utah (4-3 overall) after finding themselves in a hole when Utah swept doubles play to earn the point, but WSU won five of the six singles matches to secure the victory.

In singles play, senior Ekaterina Burduli started things off with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Utah's Elizabeth Ferris at No. 1. The win is Burduli's 80 of her career which is good for second all-time on the WSU career wins list. At No. 2, Bianca Selaru defeated Erin Monson, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 while Aleksandra Stefanova posted a 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 win over Emily Kwok at No. 3. Freshman Jessica Gomez downed Karine Bourdages, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6.

WSU clinched the win with the help of junior Aleksandra Cekic as she defeated Leigh Walsh of Utah, 7-5, 6-0 in the No. 5 spot to give Washington State a 5-2 victory.

The Cougars dropped one singles match as Ekaterina Kamendova fell to Utah's Evgenia Kryuchkova in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

The tennis team returns to action Sunday, February, 17 at 10 a.m., as they host Nevada at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

WASHINGTON STATE TENNISWashington State 5 def. Utah 2February 15, 2008Simmelink Tennis Courts at the Hollingbery FieldhousePullman, Wash.

Doubles1. (3)Ferris/Kwok (Utah) def. Burduli/Kamendova (WSU) 8-42. (1)Walsh/Kryuchkova (Utah) def. Nicolas/Selaru (WSU) 8-03. (2)Monson/Andrea Maughan (Utah) def. Stefanova/Cekic (WSU) 8-3

Singles1. (1)Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Elizabeth Ferris (Utah) 7-5, 7-52. (3)Evgenia Kryuchkova (Utah) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) 6-2, 2-6, 7-53. (4)Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Emily Kwok (Utah) 6-7, 6-3, 7-64. (2)Bianca Selaru (WSU) def. Erin Monson (Utah) 6-3, 3-6, 6-05. (5)Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Leigh Walsh (Utah) 7-5, 6-06. (6)Jessica Gomez (WSU) def. Karine Bourdages (Utah) 6-4, 6-3
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