Cougars Host Eastern Washington for Two Matches
THIS WEEK (March 18, 2021): The No. 39 Washington State Cougars (8-6) conclude their season-long, eight-match homestand with a doubleheader against Eastern Washington, Saturday, March. 20. The first match is set for 11 a.m. at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. The second match will follow an hour after the conclusion of the first contest.
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 came away with a hard-fought, 4-2 victory over Arizona Sunday at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Sophomore Pang Jittakoat rallied for a three-set victory at No. 4 to clinch the team win.
SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON: The Eagles enter the weekend with a 3-6 record, coming off a 7-0 loss to Arizona Tuesday. Prior to that, EWU posted a 5-2 win over Seattle in Cheney. The cougars and Eagles faced off earlier this season in Pullman, with WSU coming away with a 5-2 victory. WSU leads the all-time series, 37-2, dating back to the 1978 season.
UP NEXT: Washington State returns to Pac-12 play when it travels to the Bay Area to face No. 26 Stanford, March 26 and No. 27 California, March 27.
- Washington State Tennis begins this week ranked No. 39 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. That is one spot down from their previous ranking last week.
- Junior Savanna Ly-Nguyen is off to a fast start for the 2021 season, posting an 11-1 singles record.
- Senior Michaela Bayerlova was named Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week, for the week of Mar. 1-7).
- 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 240-197 (.549) record while leading the Cougars, the most coaching wins in program history.