Cougars Travel to Spokane for Matchup with Montana State, Gonzaga
THIS WEEK (February 12, 2021): The Cougars (2-2) return to the courts for a pair of matches in Spokane, Sunday, Feb. 14. WSU opens the day against Montana State at 10 a.m. followed by a 2:30 p.m. matchup at Gonzaga. Both matches will be played at the Stevens Center on the Gonzaga campus.
FOLLOW LIVE: Live video of Washington State's match against Gonzaga is available HERE. There is no live scoring or video for the Montana State match.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars have not played since posting a pair of wins Jan. 30 in Pullman, defeating Montana 7-0 and Eastern Washington 5-2.
SCOUTING MONTANA STATE: This weekend marks the start of 2021 play for Montana State. The Bobcats face Gonzaga Saturday before Sunday's matchup with the Cougars. WSU leads the all-time series 19-10, including the last 14.
SCOUTING GONZAGA: Gonzaga enters the weekend with a 3-0, having defeated Oregon 4-3 in their last outing. The Cougars won last year's matchup, 4-1, in Pullman, and hold a 20-1 all-time advantage in the series.
UP NEXT: Washington State continues its four-match stretch away from Pullman when it travels to Seattle for a Feb. 20, nonconference matchup at Washington. The Cougars will conclude the weekend Feb. 21 against Baylor in Seattle.
ATES CLIMBING WINS LIST: Senior Melisa Ates moved into sixth place on WSU's all-time singles wins list with 91 after winning a pair of matches Jan. 30. Next up on the list is Ksenia Googe at No. 5 with 92 wins.
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 year 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 234-193 (.546) record while leading the Cougars, the most coaching wins in program history.