Cougars Continue Homestead with Three Matches this Weekend
THIS WEEK (January 27, 2022): The Washington State Women's Tennis team will continue its four-match homestand this weekend hosting Montana, Eastern Washington and Idaho. WSU will compete against Montana at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 on the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. Matches will continue through the weekend with two matches on Saturday, Jan. 29, against Eastern Washington at 11 a.m. and Idaho at 4 p.m. Washington State enters the weekend with a 1-0 record in 2022.
SCOUTING MONTANA: Montana enters Friday's match in Pullman with a 1-1 record on the young season. The Grizzlies opened its spring schedule with a 7-0 loss at Utah. The Griz followed that up with a 4-3 win over Seattle. Washington State leads the all-time series against Montana, 39-4.
SCOUTING IDAHO: Idaho will open its spring schedule against WSU this Saturday. Washington State leads the all-time series against Idaho, 34-18.
SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON: Eastern Washington has one match under its belt on the young season, falling to Washington 7-0 in Seattle. The Cougars lead the all-time series against Eastern, 39-2, and are riding a 32-match win streak.
LAST TIME OUT: In its last outing, WSU defeated BYU, 6-1 last Friday. WSU swept the doubles and captured the first five singles matches en route to the season-opening win. The win over BYU avenges a 4-3 loss in Provo last year, which snapped WSU's six-match winning streak in the series.
- Last Friday's match against BYU marked the dual-match debut win for WSU Head Coach Raquel Atawo.
- Following her straight-set win against BYU last weekend, fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova has 80 career singles victories, 7 shy of breaking into the school's Top 10.
- Senior Savanna Ly-Nguyen leads WSU with 10 singles wins this season.
- Freshmen Maxine Murphy and Elyse Tse each recorded singles and doubles wins in their dual-match debut last Friday 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.
HEAD COACH RAQUEL 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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