Ekaterina Burduli Named Cougar Assistant Tennis Coach

July 29, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University head Tennis coach Lisa Hart announced today that Ekaterina Burduli has joined the Cougar tennis staff as an assistant coach. Burduli replaces Courtney Steinbock, who had served as Hart's assistant coach for the past two years.

'We are thrilled to welcome Eka to the Cougar Tennis coaching staff,' said Hart. 'As a four-year letter winner and three-time captain for Cougar Tennis, I know Eka will make a smooth transition into her new role within our program. Eka's past dedication to our program and its players foreshadows her imminent success as a coach.'

A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, Burduli had arguably the greatest career of any Cougar tennis player. 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 led WSU to the NCAA Championships last season for the first time since 2002 while also making her second appearance at the NCAA Singles championships.

'This is a great opportunity for me to continue my involvement with Cougar tennis and remain in Pullman, a town that has come to be my second home,' said Burduli.

In the classroom Burduli posted a 3.58 GPA while majoring in psychology for her second-straight team academic award. She was the recipient of the 2008 WSU Big 10 Senior Award, which recognizes the 10 most accomplished graduating seniors for the entire university, the 2008 WSU Blankenship Outstanding Student-Athlete Award, WSU's 2008 Women's Pac-10 Medal winner and WSU's 2008 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.

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