Cougars Home to Host Colorado, Utah
THIS WEEK (March 10, 2022): The Washington State Women's Tennis team (4-8, 0-2) returns home for the first time since Jan. 29 when it hosts Colorado and Utah this weekend. Play begins Friday, March 11 when the Cougars host Colorado at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the Cougars host No. 29 Utah at 11 a.m. Both matches are scheduled to be played at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. This weekend's matches mark the end to WSU's eight-match stretch away from Pullman, which saw WSU travel to Salt Lake City, New York City, Santa Barbara, Calif and Arizona.
SCOUTING COLORADO: The Buffaloes enter the week with a 4-5 record, 0-2 in Pac-12 play. Colorado had a season-best four-match win streak come to an end last week against UCLA, followed by a loss to USC. WSU leads the all-time series 8-6, though Colorado came away with a 4-3 victory last season in Boulder.
SCOUTING UTAH: The Utes are off to a strong start to their season, entering the week with a 12-3 record, 1-1 in Pac-12 play, along with a No. 29 national ranking. Last weekend Utah defeated then-No. 21 USC for the first time in school history. WSU holds an 11-9 edge in the all-time series, with Utah coming away with a 4-3 victory earlier this season in Salt Lake City.
LAST TIME OUT: WSU began Pac-12 play last weekend at the Arizona schools, falling 4-2 at No. 17 Arizona State and 4-1 against No. 44 Arizona.
BAYERLOVA TOP THREE COLLEGIANS IN WORLD RANKING: Washington State fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova entered this week with a WTA ranking of 516. That places her third among current collegians in the world rankings. Virginia sophomore Emma Navarro leads all NCAA women tennis players with a ranking of 200. Texas sophomore Peyton Stearns is next at No. 388 followed by Bayerlova.
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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