Cougars Ousted by Sacramento State, 6-1

Feb. 7, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Aleksandra Cekic grabbed a victory for the Cougars with a three-set win over Aileen Tsan, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, but it wasn't enough as the No. 49 Sacramento State Hornets (2-0 overall, 0-0 big Sky) earned a 6-1 victory over the 59th ranked Washington State Cougars (3-5 overall, 0-0 Pac-10), Saturday afternoon, at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbey Fieldhouse.

Sacramento State began singles play with a 1-0 advantage after capturing the doubles point. The Hornets pair of Maria Meliuk and Aileen Tsan defeated WSU's Marina Nicolas and Aleksandra Cekic, 8-2.

The Hornets secured the doubles point after Clarisse Baca and Joyce Martinez downed the Cougars tandem of Livia Gherman and Jessica Gomez, 8-5.

The Cougars only victory came in the No. 2 slot after the Cekic victory over Tsan. Cekic improved to 10-7 on the season and pushed her dual match record to 3-4 and is the third Cougar to record 10 victories so far this season.

In the No. 1 slot, Fournier won the first set over the 58th-ranked Zheltova, 6-4. In the second set, Fournier had earned a 5-4 advantage before Zheltova came back to take the set, 7-5. It came down to the third set where Zheltova proved to be too much for the WSU freshman winning the match with a score of 6-1 in the third set.

WSU will take a week off before they return to action when they travel to Eugene, Ore. to take on the Ducks Feb. 20.

No. 45 Sacramento State def. No. 59 Washington State, 6-1
February 7, 2009
Simmelink Tennis Courts
Pullman, Wash.

Singles1) No. 58 Katrina Zheltova (SAC) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-12) Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Aileen Tsan (SAC) 2-6, 6-2, 6-03) Maria Meliuk (SAC) def. Ioana Oprea (WSU) 6-2, 6-14) Luba Schifris (SAC) def.  Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-3, 6-45) Clarisse Baca (SAC) def.  Jessica Gomez (WSU) 6-3, 6-36) Joyce Martinez (SAC) def. Livia Gherman (WSU) 6-3, 6-2Order of finish- 3, 4, 2, 1, 5, 6

Doubles1) Zheltova/Valenzuela (SAC) def. Fournier/Oprea (WSU) 8-32) Meliuk/Tsan (SAC) def. Nicolas/Cekic (WSU) 8-23) Baca/Martinez (SAC def. Gomez/GhermanOrder of finish- 2, 3, 1
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