Burduli Readies for NCAA Singles Championship

May 20, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior Ekaterina Burduli begins her quest for a national title Wednesday when she faces South Carolina's 45th-ranked Gira Schofield in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Women's Singles Tennis Championships at Tulsa, Okla.

Burduli, the nation's 47th-ranked player, is just the second Cougar to reach the NCAA Singles tournament, joining WSU-great Erica Perkins as both players have been selected twice during their careers. Burduli is looking to become the first Cougar to advance to the second round when she takes the court at 11:30 a.m., PST, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Burduli is making her second appearance at the NCAA Championships, having earned her first berth in 2006. The Tel Aviv, Israel native will culminate one of the most storied tennis careers in school history this week. Earlier this season she moved past Perkins into the top spot on WSU's all-time victories list and now stands at 91 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 month Burduli led Washington State University to the 2008 NCAA Championships for the first time since the 2002 season, and just the fifth time in the school's history. The Cougars fell to No. 27 Louisiana State in the first round, capping a season that saw the Cougars post 16 wins, the most since the 1995-96 campaign.

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