Cougars Return to Pac-12 Play at Bay Area Schools
THIS WEEK (March 25, 2021): The No. 47 Washington State Cougars (10-6, 2-2) return to Pac-12 action when they visit No. 35 Stanford, Friday, March 26 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Match time is set for 2 p.m. The Cougars follow that match at No. 25 California, Saturday, March 27 at the Hellman Tennis Complex. That match is set to begin at Noon.
FOLLOW LIVE: Cougar Tennis fans can follow all the action live for both matches. The Stanford live stream is available HERE while the Cal live stream can be found HERE.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars captured a doubleheader sweep of Eastern Washington last Saturday, winning both matches by identical 4-0 scores.
SCOUTING STANFORD: The Cardinal enter the match with a No. 35 national ranking, boasting an 8-0 record, 4-0 in Pac-12 play. Stanford has posted five shoutouts on the season, including a 7-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara Wednesday. The Cardinal has been dominant at home in recent years, having won 74 of its last 78 matches at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears begin the week with a No. 25 national ranking, with a 10-3 overall record, 3-1 in Pac-12 play. Cal dropped its most recent match, a 6-1 decision at No. 4 Pepperdine, snapping a four-match winning streak. This marks the second meeting of the season between WSU and Cal, with the Golden Bears coming away with a 4-1 victory in Los Angeles at the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
LY-NGUYEN NAMED ONE OF 10 FEMALE ARTHUR ASHE JR. SPORTS SCHOLARS: Washington State junior tennis student-athlete Savanna Ly-Nguyen has been named one of 10 female student-athletes nationally selected as 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars. it was announced last week by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. The honor recognizes outstanding minority young men and women who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits. The students named 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars are students of color who have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5, are at least a sophomore academically, and have been active on their campuses or in their communities.
UP NEXT: Washington State continues its six-match stretch away from Pullman when it visits BYU Thursday, April 1 at 9 a.m. PT.
- Washington State Tennis begins this week ranked No. 47 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
- Junior Savanna Ly-Nguyen is off to a fast start for the 2021 season, posting a 12-1 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).
- With two wins last weekend, senior Melisa Ates moved into fourth place on WSU's all-time singles wins list with 99. Next up on the list is Elizaveta Luzina with 102 wins.
- Michaela Bayerlova is ranked No. 69 in the most recent ITA singles poll. 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 242-197 (.551) record while leading the Cougars, the most coaching wins in program history.