Cougars Open Home Schedule against Montana, Eastern Washington
THIS WEEK (January 29, 2021): The Cougars return to Pullman to open their home slate by hosting Montana and Eastern Washington, Saturday, January 30 at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. The day begins against Montana at 11 a.m. followed by Eastern Washington at 3 p.m.
FOLLOW LIVE: Washington State Athletics is committed to providing a safe environment for its staff, coaches and student-athletes, as well as the Pullman community, during the 2021 tennis season. Under current health protocols, fans are not permitted to attend Cougar Athletics home events. Live streaming for both matches is available HERE, and live scoring is available HERE.
ITA KICKOFF RECAP: The Cougars opened their 2021 season last weekend in Los Angeles at the 2021 ITA Kickoff Weekend UCLA Regional. WSU opened with a 4-1 loss against Texas A&M, with senior Michaela Bayerlova picking up WSU's lone victory and extending her winning streak to 14 dating back to 2020. The Cougars then fell to No. 19 California, 4-1, with WSU winning two of three doubles matches the capture the opening point.
SCOUTING MONTANA: Montana enters the weekend with an 0-1 record, falling in its season-opener to Gonzaga, 7-0. The Griz face Lewis-Clark State Friday before heading to Pullman for Saturday's matchup. Montana is led by senior Julia Ronney, who earned All-Big Sky honors each of her first two seasons. WSU leads the all-time series, 38-4.
SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON: Eastern Washington enters the week with an 0-1 record, dropping its opener to Gonzaga, 5-2. The Cougars lead the all-time series, 36-2, dating back to the 1978 season.
UP NEXT: Washington State returns to competition Friday, Feb. 12 when it travels to Spokane to face Gonzaga. The cougars defeated Gonzaga last season, 4-1, and hold a 20-1 advantage in the all-time series.
ATES CLIMBING WINS LIST: Senior Melisa Ates enters the season with 89 career singles victories, seventh on WSU's all-time list. Next up is Ekaterina Burduli at 90.
BAYERLOVA ENTERS SEASON AT NO. 55: Michaela Bayerlova enters the 2021 season riding with a No. 55 ranking the preseason poll. The senior is also looking for her third-straight NCAA Singles Championship appearance, having gone as a freshman and sophomore, and was on track last season before the season was cut short due to COVID.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: For the 2020-21 season the Cougars will have two new players to accompany the six returners. The returning roster consists of seniors Melisa Ates and Michaela Bayerlova, juniors Yang Lee, Savanna Ly-Nguyen and Hikaru Sato, along with freshmen Maddie Egan and Pang Jittakoat. Newcomers include freshmen Hania Abouelsaad and Fifa Kumhom
COACH HART: Lisa Hart is in her 18th season as the head coach at Washington State. Hart has accumulated a 232-193 (.546) record while leading the Cougars, the most coaching wins in program history.