Cougars Move Up ITA Poll to Season-Best No. 36

March 4, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's tennis team achieved its highest ranking since the end of the 2002 season when they were ranked No. 36 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released Tuesday. Additionally, senior Ekaterina Burduli was ranked No. 44 in the singles poll.

The No. 36 ranking is up eight spots from the last poll and marks the highest ranking since Head Coach Lisa Hart took over the program prior to the 2004 season. The last time WSU was ranked this high came at the conclusion of the 2002 season when the Cougars finished with a No. 29 ranking.

'This is great recognition for our team as a whole and Eka individually,' said Hart. 'We have been able to play at a high level all season and this ranking not only justifies that, but validates the effort we have put forth. As for Eka, her ranking reflects the tremendous season she is having and I am very happy for her and our entire team.'

Burduli's No. 44 ranking is up almost 50 spots from her No. 91 spot during the Feb. 20 poll. Burduli, who is 22-4 this season, used three victories over Top 50 players, including a win over then-No. 7 Susie Babos of California, to climb the rankings.

At No. 36, Burduli is the highest-ranked Cougar tennis player since Erica Perkins finished the 2001 season at No. 43. Burduli's previous high ranked was No. 45 during her freshman campaign.

WSU is 10-3 on the season and next plays at No. 9 UCLA Friday, the start of a five-match road trip.
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