Cougars Set to Host No. 46 Oregon Sunday
THIS WEEK (April 9, 2021): The Washington State Cougars (11-11, 3-5) close out their Pac-12 home slate by hosting No. 46 Oregon. The match is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
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 dropped a 4-0 decision at Denver last Monday.
SCOUTING OREGON: Oregon enters the week with a 12-5 record, 5-3 in Pac-12 play. The Ducks, who play at Washington Friday, are coming off a 4-3 upset over Stanford, recording the first win in program history against the Cardinal. Oregon leads the all-time series 38-25, though the Cougars have won the past two meetings in the series.
UP NEXT: Washington State closes out its home schedule Tuesday at Noon against Gonzaga.
ATES CLOSING IN ON ALL-TIME SINGLES MARK: With her victory over Colorado last Sunday, senior Melisa Ates moved into third place on WSU's career singles victories list with 103. Ates, who now has her sights on the two leaders, Elisabeth Fournier (108) and Liudmila Vasilieva (107).
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 16-2 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 243-202 (.546) record while leading the Cougars, the most coaching wins in program history.