Cougars Head to Seattle to Face Washington, No. 15 Baylor
THIS WEEK (February 18, 2021): The Cougars (4-2) continue their four-match swing away from Pullman for a pair of matches this weekend in Seattle. WSU brings a four-match winning streak into Friday's nonconference match at Washington at Noon from the Nordstrom Tennis Center before facing No. 15 Baylor Saturday at 1 p.m. The Baylor match was originally scheduled for Sunday but was moved up to Saturday earlier this week.
FOLLOW LIVE: Live video of Washington State's match against Washington is available HERE and live stats can be found HERE.
LAST TIME OUT: WSU is playing for the first time since February 14 when it posted a pair of wins in Spokane. The Cougars defeated Montana State 7-0 before defeating Gonzaga 4-3.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies are off to a 6-0 start to their season, including a 7-0 victory earlier this week against Portland State. Washington has played a Pacific Northwest schedule so far, with two wins over Idaho, two over Seattle, along with Eastern Washington and Portland State. The Huskies hold a 48-11 advantage in the all-time series.
SCOUTING BAYLOR: Baylor enters the weekend boasting a No. 15 national ranking and an 8-1 record, their lone loss coming against No. 3 Texas at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Baylor has won four-straight matches, including a win over Texas A&M, who WSU opened its season against. The all-time series stands at 1-1, with Baylor winning in 1991 and the Cougars evening the series with a 4-3, road victory in 2019.
UP NEXT: Washington State returns to the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse Friday, February 26 when it hosts Idaho at 2 p.m.
ATES EARNS PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Washington State senior Melisa Ates was named the Pac-12 Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday. Ates is the first Cougar to earn Pac-12 weekly accolades since Michael Bayerlova received the same recognition in February of 2019. Ates helped Washington State to a pair of road victories over Montana State and Gonzaga last Sunday in Spokane. The Antalya, Turkey native paired with teammate Yang Lee to notch a win at No. 2 doubles against MSU and later earned a win at No. 1 doubles against the Bulldogs. In singles play, Ates continued to propel her name up the Cougar record book, posting two wins at No. 6 singles and pushing her career win total to 93, passing Ksenia Googe for the fifth-most wins in program history.
ATES CLIMBING WINS LIST: Senior Melisa Ates moved into fifth place on WSU's all-time singles wins list with 93 after winning a pair of matches last weekend against Montana State and Gonzaga. Next up on the list is Aneta Miksovska at No. 4 with 98 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 236-193 (.550) record while leading the Cougars, the most coaching wins in program history.