Ekaterina Burduli Named to NCAA Women's Tennis Field

April 30, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior tennis Ekaterina Burduli was one of 64 players named to the 2008 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships singles field, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Burduli, ranked No. 47 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, is one of 18 Pacific-10 Conference players named to the singles draw that will take place, May 21-26, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, Burduli's selection ranks her among the elite of the over 2,500 NCAA Division I women's tennis players this season.

'This is very exciting and a great honor,' said Burduli. I am very happy. More than how it reflects my success, it really reflects on our team. I couldn't have done this without my teammates pushing me in practice, motivating me and making me better every day. This is an honor we all share.'

This will mark the second appearance for Burduli at the NCAA Championships as she also went as a sophomore during the 2006 season. In her opening-round match, Burduli fell to Northwestern's Cristelle Grier, 6-4, 6-4. Prior to 2006, no Cougar player had participated in the NCAA Singles Tournament since Erica Perkins dropped her opening-round match at the 2002 NCAA Championships.

'Eka's selection into the individual NCAA Championships is a reflection of her amazing commitment to her game and our program,' said WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart. 'It is an honor for Eka to be recognized as one of the 64 best players in the nation. She has grown as a player and a person over the course of the past four years and I believe that she is poised to make a serious run at an individual NCAA title.'

Burduli enters the NCAA Tournament looking to culminate one of the most storied tennis careers in school history. Earlier this season she moved past Perkins into the top spot on WSU's all-time victories list and now stands at 92 for her career. Her 28 wins this season are the most in a single-season by any Cougar player and she is also the only player to record three consecutive 20-plus win seasons.

Earlier this week, the Cougars were named to the 2008 NCAA Team Championships for the first time since the 2002 season. WSU, ranked No. 42, will face No. 28 Louisiana State in the first round, which will be played at Berkeley, Calif., May 9. Also playing the opening round at Berkeley is host and No. 8 overall seed California, which will face Army. Winners of the first two matches will meet Saturday, May 10, with the winner of that match advancing to the NCAA Finals, May 15-18, at Tulsa, Okla.

For more information and a complete bracket of the 2008 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, go to ncaasports.com.

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