Cougars Post 5-2 Victory over Montana
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University Women's Tennis team captured it second-straight match to open the 2022 season as it posted a 5-2 win over Montana Friday afternoon at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
The match began with doubles as WSU's (2-0) No. 2 pair of Savanna Ly-Nguyen and Elyse Tse rode two service breaks to a 6-2 win over Montana's (1-2) Rosie Sterk and Olivia Oosterbaan. Hania Abouelsaad and Maxine Murphy then posted a comfortable 6-2 win over Ivayla Mitkova and Claudia Reguant at No. 3 to clinch the doubles point for the Cougars. With the doubles point secure, Yang Lee and Fifa Kumhom dropped at 6-4 set at No. 1 to Montana's Grace Haugen and Lauren Dunlap.
In singles play, WSU clinched the match behind three, straight-set wins near the top of the lineup. Ly-Nguyen had little trouble at No. 1, defeating Haugen 6-1, 6-1 followed by Murphy's 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 over Oosterbaan. With the Cougars one match away from victory, Kumhom had the honors as she completed a 6-0, 7-5 win over Mitkova at No. 4, securing the team victory.
At No. 3, Tse's comeback bid fell just short as after saving a match point and winning the second set, she could find no more magic as Dunlap completed a 6-1, 6-7 (9), 1-0 (7) victory to give Montana it's first win. At No. 5, Lee was leading 5-2 before retiring in her match against Sterk in a precautionary move.
In the day's final match, Abouelsaad captured her first dual-match as a Cougar with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Reguant at No. 5.
The Cougars return to the court Saturday as they host a pair of matches, starting with Eastern Washington at 11 a.m. followed by Idaho at 4 p.m. Both matches will be played at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
Washington State 5 def. Montana 2
January 28, 2022
Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse
No. 1 Grace Haugen/Lauren Dunlap (UM) def. Fifa Kumhom/Yang Lee (WSU) 6-4
No. 2 Savanna Ly-Nguyen/Elyse Tse (WSU) def. Rosie Sterk/Olivia Oosterbaan (UM) 6-2
No. 3 Maxine Murphy/Hania Abouelsaad (WSU) def. Ivayla Mitkova/Claudia Reguant (UM) 6-2
Order of Finish: 2,3,1
No. 1 Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def. Grace Haugen (UM) 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 Maxine Murphy (WSU) def. Olivia Oosterbaan (UM) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 Lauren Dunlap (UM) def. Elyse Tse (WSU) 6-1, 6-7 (9), 1-0 (7)
No. 4 Fifa Kumhom (WSU) def. Ivayla Mitkova (UM) 6-0, 7-5
No. 5 Hania Abouelsaad (WSU) def. Claudia Reguant (UM) 6-3, 7-5
No. 6 Rosie Sterk (UM) def. Yang Lee (WSU) 2-5 ret.
Order of Finish: 1,2,4,3,6,5