NO. 47 HORNETS DROP 4-3 NAILBITER AT WASHINGTON STATE
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team downed No. 47 Sacramento State, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
The Cougars (8-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) defeated Sacramento State (3-2 overall, 1-0 Big Sky), 4-3, after capturing the doubles point and splitting the six singles matches with the Hornets. Sacramento State is now 2-2 against Pac-10 competition with wins at Washington and Oregon, but falling to Cal and Washington State.
In doubles action, Washington State jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Ashley Spicer and Amy Toth defeated the Hornets' Cecilia Helland and Luba Schifris, 8-6. Sacramento State shot back with Anastassia Lyssenko and Aileen Tsan who defeated Aleksandra Cekic and Aleksandra Stefanova, 8-3, tying doubles play at one.
The Cougars' Ekaterina Burduli and Marjolein van de Ven secured the doubles point by defeating Joyce Martinez Gutierrez and Katrina Zheltova, 8-6.
Trailing 1-0, the Hornets bounced back in singles play with wins in the No. 1 (Zheltova) and 4 (Schifris) slots to give Sacramento State a 2-1 lead. The lead would not last long as Toth defeated Lyssenko in straight-sets, 6-2, 7-5. Washington State would eventually take the lead after van de Ven eased past Tsan, 6-0, 6-3.
The Hornets would not go away, they came back by capturing a win in the No. 6 slot with Helland defeating Stefanova, 6-4, 6-0.
In the final match, Cekic secured the Cougars' victory with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory against Martinez Gutierrez. Cekic dropped the first set 6-1, but forced a final third set after claiming the second set 6-1. In the final set, Cekic scored a 6-1 win securing the Washington State victory.
Washington State 4 def. Sacramento State 3
February 10, 2007
1. Burduli/van de Ven (WSU) def. Gutierrez/Zheltova (Sac State), 8-6
2. Spicer/Toth (WSU) def. Helland/Schifris (Sac State), 8-6
3. Lyssenko/Tsan (Sac State) def. Cekic/Stefanova (WSU), 8-3
Order of finish (2,3,1)
1. Katrina Zheltova (Sac State) def. Ekaterina Burduli (WSU), 6-1, 6-3
2. Amy Toth (WSU) def. Anastassia Lyssenko (Sac State), 6-2, 7-5
3. Marjolein van de Ven (WSU) def. Aileen Tsan (Sac State), 6-0, 6-3
4. Luba Schifris (Sac State) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
5. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Joyce Martinez Gutierrez (Sac State), 1-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Cecilia Helland (Sac State) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), 6-4, 6-0
Order of finish (1,4,2,3,6,5)