Four Cougars Named To Pacific-10 Tennis All-Academic Teams

June 13, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Ekaterina Burduli and junior Aleksandra Cekic's second-team selections headed a list of four Washington State University tennis players named to the Pacific-10 Conference 2008 women's tennis All-Academic teams, it was announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen.

In addition to Burduli and Cekic, senior Aleksandra Stefanova and junior Bianca Selaru were honorable mention selections.

A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, Burduli posted a 3.56 GPA while majoring in psychology. On the court she finished the 2008 season with a team-leading 28 victories, the first player in WSU history to register three-straight 20-win seasons. The 28 wins also mark a WSU single-season record. Burduli, who finished the season ranked No. 57 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, ended her WSU career with a school-record 91 career singles victories. She advanced to the NCAA Championships twice and led WSU to the NCAA Championships this past season for the first time since the 2002 season.

Cekic, from London, Ontario, Canada, is a business major with a 3.49 GPA. Cekic played primarily in the No. 5 position, compiling a 16-16 overall record during the season. She clinched a 4-3 team victory over Brigham Young with a 6-0, 6-4 win at no. 5. She also posted an 11-6 record in doubles with Aleksandra Stefanova, advancing to semifinals Pac-10 Invitational Doubles bracket.

Stefanova, a hospitality business management major with a 3.19 GPA from Skopje, Macedonia, posted a 19-16 record this past season. It marked the highest win total during her four-year Cougar career as she achieved a No.22 regional ranking. She played matches at the top three singles spots, though mainly at No. 2 singles, where she posted an 11-10 record. Her victory over Stanford's Lindsey Burdette, who finished the year ranked No. 65 nationally, was the first by a Cougar in a dual match against Stanford since 1998 season.

Selaru, a native of Zalau, Romania, posted a 3.00 GPA as a humanities major. This past season she had an 18-17 singles record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Invitational singles draw. Selaru's biggest win of year came in WSU's season-ending, 4-3, victory over rival Washington as she defeated Kelsey Anonsen, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 5 singles. The victory clinched the team win for WSU, propelling Cougars into NCAA Tournament.

The Cougars concluded their 2008 campaign with a 16-10 overall record and their first trip to the NCAA Championships since the 2002 season.

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