Cougars Set to Host Three Matches This Week
THIS WEEK (March 10, 2021): The No. 38 Washington State Cougars (6-5, 1-1) continue their season-long, seven-match homestand with three matches this weekend, beginning Thursday, March 11 against Utah. The nonconference matchup against the Utes is set for an 11 a.m. start from Hollingbery Fieldhouse. Friday, the Cougars welcome No. 26 Arizona State to Pullman for a 1:30 p.m. start scheduled to be played at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Sunday wraps up the weekend against Arizona at 1 p.m., also scheduled to be played at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
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, only player/coach guests are permitted to attend Cougar Athletics home events. Live streaming for matches played in Hollingbery Fieldhouse is available HERE, and live scoring for all matches is available HERE. There is no streaming for matches played at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars won for just the second time in the series against USC, defeating the No. 16 Trojans 4-3 in Pullman. Junior Savanna Ly-Nguyen pulled out a three-set victory to seal the team win.
SCOUTING UTAH: Utah enters the match with a 6-4 record, 0-2 in Pac-12 play after dropping a pair of matches against No. 28 Stanford and No. 12 California last weekend. The Cougars hold a 9-8 advantage in the all-time series against Utah, including a 5-0 victory last season in Pullman.
SCOUTING ASU: The Sun Devils being the week with a 7-3, 1-0 record and a No. 26 national ranking. The Sun Devils opened Pac-12 play March 5 with a 4-0 win over Oregon. Senior Ilze Hattingh is currently ranked No. 37 nationally while Hattingh and Tereza Kolarova are ranked No. 21 in doubles. ASU holds a 25-1 all-time advantage in the series.
SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Wildcats bring an 8-4 record, 0-1 in Pac-12 play, into the weekend. Arizona will play at Washington Friday before arriving in Pullman for Sunday's match. The Cougars are 6-20 all-time against Arizona, but have won the last two meetings.
UP NEXT: Washington State concludes its season-long, seven-match homestand when it hosts Eastern Washington, Saturday, March 20. Match time is set for noon.
BAYERLOVA NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Michaela Bayerlova was named the Pac-12 Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. Bayerlova helped Washington State defeat No. 16 USC last Sunday, just the second time the Cougars have defeated the Trojans in program history. Bayerlova went 1-1 on the week in singles, but was the catalyst in the Trojan victory, teaming with Hikaru Sato for a win in doubles followed by a three-set victory over USC's Naomi Cheong at No. 1 singles. She is the second Cougar this season to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week, as Melisa Ates 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.
- Washington State Tennis begins this week ranked No. 38 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association after entering the rankings last week at No. 47.
- Junior Savanna Ly-Nguyen is off to a fast start for the 2021 season, posting an 8-1 singles record.
- Senior Melisa Ates was named Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week, for the week of Feb. 8-14).
- Senior Melisa Ates has moved into fifth place on WSU's all-time singles wins list with 97. Next up on the list is Aneta Miksovska at No. 4 with 98 wins.
- Michaela Bayerlova began the 2021 season with a No. 55 ranking the preseason poll, the most recent singles poll available. The senior is also looking for her third-straight NCAA Singles Championship appearance.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: For the 2021 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 238-196 (.548) record while leading the Cougars, the most coaching wins in program history.