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Huskies Set For Busy, Reshuffled Weekend

Feb 17, 2021


Thursday, Feb. 18, Nordstrom Tennis Center
vs. Portland State, 12 pm
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Friday, Feb. 19, Nordstrom Tennis Center
vs. Washington State, 12 pm
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Sunday, Feb. 21, Nordstrom Tennis Center
vs. No. 15 Baylor, 1 pm
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SEATTLE - The Husky women's tennis team will have its busiest stretch of the season this weekend and face its first Power 5 conference opponents of the season at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Dawgs (5-0) will have three matches in four days starting with Portland State on Thursday at noon.

Then, in a reshuffling of the original schedule, the Huskies will take on rival Washington State on Friday, Feb. 19, also at 12 noon. After a day off Saturday, the Huskies will close out the weekend taking on 15th-ranked Baylor on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m.

Washington has surrendered just one point thus far in five matches, with a combined match score of 34-1. But this week will bring the toughest challenges yet.

Portland State has played just twice thus far and had two close losses, a 4-2 loss to Idaho and then a 4-3 decision against the Oregon Ducks where PSU won at No. 2 and No. 6 singles.

The Cougars won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award this week as Melisa Ates took the honor. Michaela Bayerlova leads the team as she is ranked 55th nationally in singles and is a two-time NCAA Singles Championship qualifier. WSU lost its first two matches in the ITA Kickoff Weekend against Texas A&M and California, both by 4-1 scores. Since then they have won four straight including a 5-2 win against Eastern Washington, which UW defeated 6-1 in its last match.

Baylor is ranked 15th in the current ITA national rankings with an 8-1 record. The Bears' only loss was a 4-0 decision at then-No. 3 Texas in the second round of the ITA National Kickoff Weekend, after defeating 20th-ranked Arizona State, 4-2, in the first round. Mel Krywoj has played No. 1 for Baylor this season with a 6-1 record.