May 17, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its regional postseason awards recently and assistant coach Ekaterina Burduli was named the Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Burduli recently completed her fifth season as the Cougars' assistant coach after a stellar career in which she set the school record for singles victories with 90. Burduli was instrumental in recruiting and coaching WSU's most recent senior class, a group that includes three of the top five career singles victories leaders, most notably two-time NCAA participant Liudmila Vasilieva.
"This award is a reflection of Eka's tireless efforts and commitment to our program," said Head Coach Lisa Hart. "I applaud her on this much deserved honor."
As a player Burduli had arguably the greatest career of any Cougar tennis player. She held down the No. 1 singles spot all four seasons and was a two-time NCAA Singles participant. Burduli was a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree, WSU's 2008 nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year and was named the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award Northwest Region winner.
Burduli is the second Cougar to be recognized by the ITA this week. Andjela Kankaras, who ended her Cougar career last month, was named the Northwest Region recipient of the Cissie Leary Sportsmanship and Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Awards.