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Cougars Drop Nonconference Match at UC Santa Barbara, 4-2

Apr 19, 2021

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Washington State Tennis dropped a 4-2 contest against UC Santa Barbara Monday afternoon at the Recreation Center Courts.
 
The Cougars' (13-14) Melisa Ates and Hikaru Sato came out at No. 1 doubles and captured a 6-3 win over Lise Sentenac and Elizaveta Volodko to highlight doubles play. UCSB, however, won 6-3 and 6-2 on Courts 2 and 3, respectively, to clinch the opening point.
 
In singles action, WSU's Savanna Ly-Nguyen cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4 while Pang Jittakoat also posted a straight-win at No. 5 to account for WSU's two victories. Ates had won the first set and was on serve in the second when her match was stopped once the team victory was secured for the Gauchos.
 
UCSB captured singles wins at the top three spots to improve to 10-3 on the season.
 
WSU is next in action Wednesday when they face San Diego. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m.
 
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
UC Santa Barbara 4 def. Washington State 2
April 19, 2021
Recreation Center Courts
Santa Barbara, Calif.
 
DOUBLES
No. 1 Melisa Ates/Hikaru Sato (WSU) def. Lise Sentenac/Elizaveta Volodko (UCSB) 6-3
No. 2 Kira Reuter/Shakhnoza Khatamova (UCSB) def. Pang Jittakoat/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 6-3
No. 3 Camile Kiss/Marta Gonzalez Ballbe (UCSB) def. Michaela Bayerlova/Yang Lee (WSU) 6-2
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
 
SINGLES
No. 1 Elizaveta Volodko (UCSB) def. #82 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Camille Kiss (UCSB) def. Hikaru Sato (WSU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 Shakhnova Khatamova (UCSB) def. Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def. Lise Sentenac (UCSB) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 Pang Jittakoat (WSU) def. Kira Reuter (UCSB) 6-4, 6-3
No. 6 Melisa Ates (WSU) vs. Marta Gonzalez Ballbe (UCSB) 7-6 (3), 5-6 DNF
Order of Finish: 3,2,4,5,1