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Cougars Open its Dual-Match Season Hosting BYU Friday

Jan 20, 2022

THIS WEEK (January 20, 2022): The Washington State Women's Tennis team begins its 2022 spring dual-match season hosting BYU, Friday, Jan. 21 at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. Match time is set for 10 a.m.
 
SCOUTING BYU: BYU enters Friday's match in Pullman with a 1-1 record on the young season. BYU opened its spring schedule at the Bella the Ball Collegiate Invitational in Las Vegas with a 4-3 upset over No. 11 Baylor before falling 5-2 to Illinois. Washington State leads the all-time series against BYU, 13-7. WSU saw its six-match winning streak against BYU halted last year, falling 4-3 in Provo.
 
WEINMAN INVITATIONAL RECAP: In their last outing, the Cougars competed against No. 9 California and host Hawaii in the season-opener for all three programs. Competing in singles and doubles, though not in a dual-match format, the Cougars had some strong performances as fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova went 2-0 in singles play and 1-1 in doubles action to lead WSU.
 
ATAWO ADDS TWO FOR SPRING 2022: Head Coach Raquel Atawo added two freshmen to the 2022 spring roster as Stefaniia Mikhailova and Elyse Tse signed Financial Aid Agreements last November in time to join the program this month. Mikhailova arrives in Pullman from Krasnodar, Russia, where she was a top junior, while Tse, from Auckland, New Zealand, is currently ranked as the No. 2 junior in New Zealand.
 
NET NOTES:

  • Friday's match against BYU marks the dual-match debut for WSU Head Coach Raquel Atawo.
  • Fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova enters her final spring in Pullman with 76 career singles victories, 11 shy of breaking into the school's Top 10.
  • Senior Savanna Ly-Nguyen led WSU with an 8-3 singles record during the fall.
  • WSU has won six of the last seven dual matches against BYU.

 
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: For the 2021-22 season the Cougars will have four new players to accompany the four returners. The returning roster consists of fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova, seniors Yang Lee and Savanna Ly-Nguyen, sophomore Fifa Kumhom and freshmen Hania Abouelsaad, Stefaniia Mikhailova, Maxine Murphy and Elyse Tse.
 
COACH ATAWO: Raquel Atawo begins her first season as head coach of the Cougars after being named to the position July 2, 2021. Atawo arrived in Pullman having spent last season as the assistant coach at Auburn and prior to that, spent 15 years on the WTA Tour, where she reached at No. 10 world ranking in doubles.
 
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