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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 TENNIS
Washington State 5 def. Idaho 2

January 29, 2022
Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse
Pullman, Wash.
 
DOUBLES:
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
 
SINGLES:
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