Michaela Bayerlova Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO – Washington State's Michaela Bayerlova was named the Pac-12 Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Bayerlova helped Washington State, ranked No. 47, defeat No. 16 USC Sunday, just the second time the Cougars have defeated the Trojans in program history.
Bayerlova went 1-1 last weekend against No. 6 UCLA and USC in singles play. Friday marked the opening of Pac-12 action, as the Cougars fell to No. 6 UCLA, 6-1. Sunday, WSU rebounded and Bayerlova was the catalyst. She opened the match by teaming with Hikaru Sato to defeat USC's duo of Naomi Cheong and Eryn Cayetano, 6-4, at No. 1 doubles. After the Cougars captured the opening doubles point, Bayerlova posted her second win of the season over a ranked opponent, outlasting Cheong 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 at No. 1 singles to give WSU a 3-1 lead, sparking a 4-3 Cougars victory.
The honor marks the second Cougar this season to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week, as Melisa Ates was received the award Feb. 18. It's the first time in program history two different Cougars have been named Player of the Week in the same season.
Additionally, it is the fourth time in Bayerlova's Cougar career she has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week, the most by a Cougar tennis player.
The Cougars are next in action Thursday when they host Utah at 11 a.m.