Cougars Finish First Day At Pac-10 Championship
April 24, 2008
Ojai, Calif. - The Washington State University women's tennis team finished its first day at the Pacific-10 Championships in Ojai, California Thursday, sending Bianca Selaru into the quarter finals of the invitational bracket.
WSU sent three student-athletes to the 32 participant championship bracket, which was compiled of the top three players of every Pac-10 team with the remaining players selected upon by the coaches. Freshman Ekaterina Kamendova was the only Cougar to earn a victory in the first round as she posted a, 6-2, 6-4 victory over California's Stephanie Kusano. Her run ended in the second round as she suffered a tough loss to the nation's 28th ranked player Nadia Abdala of Arizona State, 6-3, 6-1.
Senior Aleksandra Stefanova faced off against the top-ranked player in the tournament and the No. 3 ranked player in the nation, Hilary Barte of Stanford. Stefanova suffered a, 6-2, 6-1 defeat to Barte. Junior Aleksandra Cekic lost in straight sets to Gabriela Niculescu of Southern California, 6-0, 6-2 in the first round.
The Cougars also sent four players to the invitational bracket, with junior Bianca Selaru picking up the only victories for the Cougars. Selaru has propelled herself into the third round by first defeating Becky Duesler of UCLA, 6-1, 6-4 in round one. Then in the second round she downed Vanja Radunovic of Washington, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
Marina Nicolas suffered a loss to Alex McGoodwin of UCLA in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Freshman Livia Gherman suffered a tough defeat to Wendy Pilecka of ASU, 6-0, 6-1. Jessica Gomez fell in straight sets to Stephanie Wetmore of UCLA, 6-0, 6-2 to knock her out of contention for a championship.
The Cougars will compete in Friday's doubles rounds beginning at 9 a.m. Bianca Selaru will continue play at 11 a.m.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
April 24, 2008
Championship Flight Singles
Round Two:No. 28 Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) 6-3, 6-1
Invitational Flight Single
Round One:Bianca Selaru (WSU) def. Becky Duesler (UCLA) 6-1, 6-4Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-2, 6-0Wendy Pilecka (ASU) def. Livia Gherman (WSU) 6-0, 6-1Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) def. Jessica Gomez (WSU) 6-0, 6-2
Round Two:Bianca Selaru (WSU) def. Vanja Radunovic (UW) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2