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Late Rally Falls Short in Loss at No. 46 Columbia

Feb 27, 2022

HARRISON, N.Y. – Washington State Tennis' late comeback came up just short as the 65th-ranked Cougars fell to No. 46 Columbia, 4-2, Sunday morning at the Life Time Westchester center.
 
With the loss, the Cougars fall to 4-6 while Columbia improves to 9-3.
 
In doubles play, Columbia captured wins on courts 2 and 3 to take the opening point. Sophia Strugnell and Jennifer Kerr cruised past WUS's Savanna Ly-Nguyen and Elyse Tse at No. 3 while Rachele Rimondini and Shivani Amineni clinched the point with a 6-4 win at No. 2 over Yang Lee and Fifa Kumhom. At No. 1, WSU's Michaela Bayerlova and Maxine Murphy picked up their second-straight win with a 6-4 victory over Akanksha Bhan and Melissa Sakar.
 
In singles action, Columbia's lead grew to 2-0 as Julia Haynes defeated Lee 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5. WSU found the scoreboard when Bayerlova defeated No. 90 Bhan in convincing fashion, 6-1, 6-2, at No.1. It marked Bayerlova's ninth singles win in 10 matches this season.
 
After Kerr defeated Kumhom 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 to push the Lions' lead to 3-1, Ly-Nguyen drew the Cougars back to within one following a come-from-behind, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 2. It marked the Cougar senior's team-leading 14th singles win of the season.
 
WSU needed both remaining matches but came up just shy, as Sakar engineered a late rally to defeat Tse, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 at No. 4, clinching the victory. The match at No. 6 was stopped with WSU's Hania Abouelsaad on serve late in the third set against Clarine Lerby, 7-5, 4-6, 4-5.
 
The Cougars are next in action Friday when they open Pac-12 play at No. 66 Arizona. Match time is set for 10 a.m. PT.
 
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
No. 46 Columbia 4 def. No. 65 Washington State 2
February 27, 2022
Life Time Westchester
Harrison, N.Y.
 
DOUBLES
No. 1 Michaela Bayerlova/Maxine Murphy (WSU) def. Akanksha Bhan/Melissa Sakar (CU) 6-4
No. 2 Rachele Rimondini/Shivani Amineni (CU) def. Yang Lee/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 6-4
No. 2 Sophia Strugnell/Jennifer Kerr (CU) def. Savanna Ly-Nguyen/Elyse Tse (WSU) 6-2
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
 
SINGLES
No. 1 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) def. #90 Akanksha Bhan (CU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def. Anna Zhang (CU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 Jennifer Kerr (CU) def. Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Melissa Sakar (CU) def. Elyse Tse (WSU) 4-6,7-5, 7-5
No. 5 Julia Haynes (CU) def. Yang Lee (WSU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 Hania Abouelsaad (WSU) vs. Clarine Lerby (CU 7-5, 4-6, 4-5 DNF
Order of Finish: 5,1,3,2,4