Cougars Fall in Conference Opener

Feb. 27, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - The No. 58 (ITA) Washington State University women's tennis team traveled to Stanford, Calif. to open conference play against No. 11 (ITA) Stanford Friday, but ended up falling to the Cardinal, 7-0.

Stanford jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point.

Teammates Ekaterina Kamendova and Elisabeth Fournier battled against the 44th-ranked tandem of Hilary Barte and Lindsey Burdette. The Cardinal pairing proved to be too much for the Cougars earning an, 8-2, victory at the No. 1 spot. Marina Nicolas and Bianca Selaru gave Logan Hansen and Jennfier Yen a run for their money at No. 3, but suffered a tough loss, 8-6.

In singles action, Kamendova met No. 14 Barte at the No. 1 slot. Barte proved to be too much for the WSU sophomore earning a, 6-1, 6-1, victory. Senior Aleksandra Cekic faced off with Burdette, the 103rd-ranked player in the nation, but Cekic ended up falling, 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 2 slot.

Fournier came out strong narrowly falling in the first set of her match at No. 3, 6-4. Her opponent, Jessica Nguyen, went on to win the second-set, 6-0, earning the victory. Marina Nicolas fell in the first set of her marathon match against Veronica Li, 6-4. The Cougar sophomore battled back evening the match at one apiece with a, 6-1, victory in the second-set. Li went on to win the third-set, 10-4, earning the victory.

The Cougars will return to action Saturday Feb. 28, against the California Golden Bear at Berkeley, Calif. The match is slated for an 11 a.m. start and will be played at the Hellman Tennis Complex on the Berkeley campus.

No. 11 Stanford 7 def. No. 58 Washington State 0
February 28, 2009
Berkeley, Calif.

DOUBLES1) Barte/Burdette (SU) def. Kamendova/Fournier (WSU) 8-22) McVeigh/Nguyen (SU) def. Cekic/Oprea (WSU) 8-33) Hansen/Yen (SU) def. Selaru/Nicolas (WSU) 8-6

SINGLES1) No. 14 Hilary Barte (SU) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) 6-1, 6-12) Lindsey Burdette (SU) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) 6-0, 6-13) Jessica Nguyen (SU) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 6-4, 6-04) Carolyn McVeigh (SU) def. Ioana Oprea (WSU) 6-2, 6-15) Veronica Li (SU) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-4, 1-6, 10-46) Courtney Clayton (SU) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU) 6-1, 6-0
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