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Cougars Make it Four Straight to Start Season

Jan 29, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State Women's Tennis team ran its season-opening winning streak to four with a 5-2 win over Idaho Saturday afternoon at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. Earlier in the day, the Cougars posted a 5-2 win over Eastern Washington.
The Cougars (4-0) opened the day by taking two of three doubles matches against the Vandals (0-1). At No. 1, Idaho's Ke Syuan Jhang and Ines Oliveria rallied form 0-3 down to defeat Michaela Bayerlova and Maxine Murphy 6-3 for the early lead before the Cougars raced back. At No. 3, WSU's Savanna Ly-Nguyen and Elyse Tse improved to 4-0 this season with a 6-2 win over Saffron Dowse and Nicole Horacek while the Cougar's Yang Lee and Fifa Kumhom earned a service break in the final game to defeat Melissa Huchet and Andrea Redondo, 6-4, clinching the opening point.
In singles, Ly-Nguyen quickly made it a 2-0 lead as she defeated Huchet, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1. Ly-Nguyen improved to 4-0 in dual matches this season and surrendered just eight total games in her three matches this weekend. The lead grew to 3-0 following Kumhom's 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 4 over Redondo.
Idaho fought back as Oliveria rallied for a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Murphy at No. 2 and Jhang needed three sets to defeat Tse at No. 3, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.
Lee, the Cougar senior, then clinched the victory as she cruised past Horacek at No. 6, 6-1,6-1, giving WSU the insurmountable 4-2 lead with just one match remaining. WSU freshman Hania Abouelsaad closed out the night with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Dowse for the final margin of victory.
The Cougars are next in action Saturday when they travel to Texas to face No. 22 Baylor.
Washington State 5 def. Idaho 2

January 29, 2022
Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse
Pullman, Wash.
No. 1 Ke Syuan Jhang/Ines Oliveria (UI) def. Michaela Bayerlova/Maxine Murphy (WSU) 6-3
No. 2 Yang Lee/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) def. Melissa Huchet/Andrea Redondo (UI) 6-4
No. 3 Savanna Ly-Nguyen/Elyse Tse (WSU) def. Saffron Dowse/Nicole Horacek (UI) 6-2.
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
No. 1 Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) vs. Melissa Huchet (UI) 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Ines Oliveria (UI) def. Maxine Murphy (UI) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 Ke Syuan Jhang (UI) def. Elyse Tse (WSU) 7-5, 2-6, 7-5
NO. 4 Fifa Kumhom (WSU) def. Andrea Redondo (UI) 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 Hania Abouelsaad (WSU) def. Saffron Dowse (UI) 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 Yang Lee (WSU) def. Nicole Horacek (UI) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1,4,2,3,6,5