Cougars Defeat Gonzaga on Senior Day
PULLMAN, Wash. – Senior Melisa Ates posted a straight-set win in singles to lead Washington State to a 4-0 victory over Gonzaga Tuesday afternoon at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 13-11 while Gonzaga falls to 11-5.
Ates, who prior to the match was recognized as part of Senior Day recognition in advance of her final home match, had little trouble in defeating Jenna Sloan, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. The win was Ates' 194th as a Cougar, combining singles and doubles, tying the all-time mark also held by former Coug Elizaveta Luzina.
The Cougars also received singles victories from Michaela Bayerlova and Hikaru Sato. Bayerlova, ranked No. 86 nationally, defeated Kate Ketels 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 while Sato posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Adrianna Sosnowska at No. 2.
At No. 3, WSU's Fifa Kumhom was trailing Cate Broerman 6-3, 3-1 when play was stopped with the team match decided. The remaining two matches had not started.
The day began with doubles with the Cougars winning at No.2 and 3 to clinch the opening point.
The Cougars are next in action Friday when they face Washington in Seattle. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
Washington State 4 def. Gonzaga 0
April 13, 2021
Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse
No. 1 Hannah Jones/Adrianna Sosnowska (GU) def. Melisa Ates/Hikaru Sato (WSU) 6-2
No. 2 Michaela Bayerlova/Yang Lee (WSU) def. Kate Ketels/Haruna Tsuruta (GU) 6-3
No. 3 Pang Jittakoat/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) def. Kianna Oda/Cate Broerman (GU) 6-4
Order of Finish: 2,1,3
No. 1 #86 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) def. Kate Ketels (GU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 Hikaru Sato (WSU) def. Adrianna Sosnowska (GU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Fifa Kumhom (WSU) vs. Cate Broerman (GU) 3-6, 1-3 DNF
No. 4 Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) vs. Haruna Tsuruta (GU) DNS
No. 5 Pang Jittakoat (WSU) vs. Hannah Jones (GU) DNS
No. 6 Melisa Ates (WSU) def. Jenna Sloan (GU) 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6,2,1