Cougars Begin Four-Match Road Trip Thursday at BYU
THIS WEEK (March 31, 2021): The Washington State Cougars (10-8, 2-4) begin a four-match road trip at BYU Thursday, April 1, followed by stops at Utah, Colorado and Denver. The BYU match is set for a 10 a.m. start PT. Friday, April 2, the Cougars return to Pac-12 play at Utah, beginning at 12:30 p.m. PT. Sunday, April 4, the venue changes to Boulder, Colo. where WSU takes on Colorado at 10 a.m. PT. The mountain swing concludes Monday, April 5, with a nonconference match at Denver at Noon PT.
FOLLOW LIVE: Cougar Tennis fans can follow all the action live for the first three matches:
BYU can be found HERE; Utah HERE and Colorado HERE. These is no live coverage of the Denver match.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars dropped a close, 4-3, decision at No. 25 Cal. WSU received wins from Michaela Bayerlova (#1), Hikaru Sato (#2) and Melisa Ates (#6).
SCOUTING BYU: BYU enters the week with a 12-6 record having won five of its last six matches. Washington State leads the all-time series 13-6, and have won the past six meetings in the series.
SCOUTING UTAH: The Utes begin the week with a 7-8 record, 0-5 in Pac-12 play. The two teams faced off in a nonconference match earlier this season in Pullman, with WSU coming away with a 4-1 victory. The Cougars hold a 10-8 advantage in the all-time series.
SCOUTING COLORADO: Colorado enters the week with a 7-8 record, 1-4 in Pac-12 action. The Buffs will face Washington Friday prior to hosting the Cougars. CU posted a 4-3 upset over then-No. 12 California to begin conference action earlier this year. WSU leads the all-time series, 7-5,
SCOUTING DENVER: Denver enters the week with a 7-3 record and will face Omaha Saturday prior to playing the Cougars. Denver's top player, Anna Riedmiller, is ranked No. 116 nationally and has won her last nine matches. WSU holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.
UP NEXT: Washington State returns to Pullman to face No. 46 Oregon, Sunday, April 11 at 11 a.m.
ATES HITS THE CENTURY MARK: With her victory over California last Saturday, senior Melisa Ates became the fourth player in program history to record 100 career singles victories. Ates, who sits fourth on the list, joins Elisabeth Fournier (108), Liudmila Vasilieva (107) and Elizaveta Luzina (102) in the exclusive club.
LY-NGUYEN NAMED ONE OF 10 FEMALE ARTHUR ASHE JR. SPORTS SCHOLARS: Washington State junior tennis student-athlete Savanna Ly-Nguyen was named one of 10 female student-athletes nationally selected as 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, it was announced in March 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.
- Junior Savanna Ly-Nguyen has a team-best 13-2 singles record so far this season.
- 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).
- Michaela Bayerlova is ranked No. 86 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 sophomores 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 242-199 (.549) record while leading the Cougars, the most coaching wins in program history.