Cougars Fall 4-3 at Hawaii

March 19, 2009

HONOLULU - The Washington State University women's tennis team saw its four-match win streak come to an end following a narrow 4-3 loss to the University of Hawaii Thursday at the UH Tennis Center.

Singles play opened the day as the teams split the six matches. The Cougars received wins from senior Aleksandra Cekic at No. 2, a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Anja-Vanessa Peter while sophomore Jessica Gomez cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 over Dasha Lagmay. Freshman Elisabeth Fournier evened the match at three wins each as she outlasted Melinda Wong, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 3.

Hawaii received its three singles from Sophie Kobuch, Aglae Van den Bergh and Alyssa Nafarrete. Kobuch defeated sophomore Ekaterina Kamendova 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1, Van den Bergh needed three sets at No. 4 to get by sophomore Marina Nicolas, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4, while Nafarrete outlasted senior Bianca Selaru, 7-6, 6-0 at No. 5.

The match came down to the doubles point where the Cougars were on the verge of victory. Gomez and Fournier blanked Van den Bergh and Crystine Ito at No. 3, 8-0, though Wong and Nafarrete defeated Nicolas and Selaru by an identical score at No. 2.

At No. 1 the Cougar duo of Kamendova and Cekic led 6-4 but could not hold the advantage as Peter and Kobuch captured the final four games to clinch the match, giving Hawaii the 4-3 team victory.

The Cougars (7-13) return to Pacific-10 Conference play April 3 when they host USC. Match time is set for noon.

Hawaii def. No. 74 Washington State, 4-3
UH Tennis Center
Honolulu, Hawaii
March 19, 2009

1. Sophie Kobuch (UH) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Anja-Vanessa Peter (UH) 6-3, 6-2
3. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) def. Melinda Wong (UH) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. Aglae Van den Bergh (UH) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 7-5, 0-6, 6-4
5. Alyssa Nafarrete (UH) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU) 7-6 (3), 6-0
6. Jessica Gomez (WSU) def. Dasha Lagmay (UH) 6-0, 6-0

1. Anja-Vanessa Peter/Sophie Kobuch (UH) def. Ekaterina Kamendova/Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) 8-6
2. Melinda Wong/Alyssa Nafarrete (UH) def. Marina Nicolas/Bianca Selaru (WSU) 8-0
3. Jessica Gomez/Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) def. Crystine Ito/Aglae Van den Bergh (UH) 8-0
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