Cougars Complete First Day at Pacific-10 Championship

April 23, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Marina Nicolas advanced in the invitational bracket Thursday, before suffering a tough loss in the round of 16 at the Pacific-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif.

WSU sent three student-athletes to the 32 participant championship bracket, which was compiled of the top three players of every Pac-10 team with the remaining players selected upon by the coaches. Sophomore Ekaterina Kamendova drew No. 76 Denise Dy of Washington, but fell, 6-1, 6-1. Senior Aleksandra Cekic also competed in the top flight, but fell to the Huskies Samantha Smith, 6-1, 6-2. The final competitor in the championship bracket was freshman Elisabeth Fournier who suffered a first day loss to UCLA's 14th-ranked Yasmin Schnack, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, 6-1, 6-1.

The Cougars also sent their remaining three players into the invitational bracket. Marina Nicolas was the lone Cougar to pick up a victory and advance past the first round. Frist, Nicolas downed Jane Huh from Arizona in straight-sets, 6-0, 6-1. In the second round, the WSU sophomore suffered a tough loss to Stanford's Logan Hansen, 6-3, 6-1, to knock her out of contention for a championship.

Jessica Gomez battled Arizona's Claire Riestch before falling, 6-4, 6-3, while Jessica Casebier fell to the University of Southern California's Cristala Andrews, 6-0, 6-0.

The Cougars compete in Friday's doubles rounds beginning at 9 a.m., in their quest of a Pac-10 Championship. The Pac-10 championships run through Sunday, April 26.

Pac-10 Championships
April 23, 2009
Ojai, Calif.

Championship Flight SinglesFirst RoundNo. 76 Denise Dy (UW) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU), 6-1, 6-1No. 14 Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 6-1, 6-1Samantha Smith (UW) def. Aleksandra Cekis (WSU) 6-1, 6-2

Invitational Flight SinglesFirst RoundMarina Nicolas (WSU) def. Jane Huh (UA) 6-0, 6-1Claire Riestch (UA) def. Jessica Gomez (WSU) 6-4, 6-3Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Jessica Casebier (WSU) 6-0, 6-0

Second RoundLogan Hansen (STAN) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-3, 6-1
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