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Kumhom’s Three-Set Victory Clinches 5-2 Win over Gonzaga

Mar 18, 2022

SPOKANE, Wash. – Fifa Kumhom provided the clinching victory as Washington State defeated Gonzaga, 5-2, in a women's tennis match Friday afternoon at the Stevens Center on the Gonzaga campus.
 
With the win, the Cougars improve to 6-9 while Gonzaga falls to 6-6.
 
With the Cougars holding a slim, 3-2 lead with two matches remaining, it was Kumhom who took matters into her own hands. As Cougar senior Michaela Bayerlova was locked in a third-set battle at No. 1, Kumhom patiently waited for opportunities as she controlled play throughout the third set. A few early breaks of serve gave her the advantage and she rode those to a 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 win over Kianna Oda at No. 4, clinching the win over the Bulldogs for the third-straight season.
 
The Cougars captured the opening doubles point by winning on Courts 1 and 2. At No. 2, Yang Lee and Kumhom captured an early break and were never threatened as they posted a 6-2 win over Tiegan Aitken and Oda. After Gonzaga's Frederikke Svarre and Jenna Sloan cruised to a 6-2 win over Savanna Ly-Nguyen and Elyse Tse, the doubles point came down to No. 1. After being broken her first two service games, Bayerlova came through when needed, holding serve to give her and Maxine Murphy a 6-4 win over Cate Broerman and Adrianna Sosnowska to clinch the opening point.
 
As singles play began, Ly-Nguyen wasted little time extending the Cougar lead to 2-0 with a convincing, 6-1, 6-1 win over Sosnowska at No. 2. Gonzaga evened the match at 2-2 as Aitken defeated Lee, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5, and Caroline Wernli rallied for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Tse at No. 6.
 
Murphy gave the Cougars the lead for good as she rebounded from a slow start to defeat Sloan, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3, setting the stage for Kumhom. With WSU leading 4-2, Bayerlova closed out a 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 win over Broerman at No. 1 for the final score.
 
WSU is next in action Friday when it returns to Pac-12 play by visiting Oregon. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m.
 
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
Washington State 5 vs. Gonzaga 2
March 18, 2022
Stevens Center
Spokane, Wash.
 
DOUBLES
No. 1 Michaela Bayerlova/Maxine Murphy (WSU) def. Cate Broerman/Adrianna Sosnowska (GU) 6-4
No. 2 Yang Lee/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) def. Tiegan Aitken/Kianna Oda (GU) 6-2
No. 3 Frederikke Svarre/Jenna Sloan (GU) def. Savanna Ly-Nguyen/Elyse Tse (WSU) 6-2
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
 
SINGLES
No. 1 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) def. Cate Broerman (GU) 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4
No. 2 Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def. Adrianna Sosnowska (GU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Maxine Murphy (WSU) def. Jenna Sloan (GU) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 4 Fifa Kumhom (WSU) def. Kianna Oda (GU), 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
No. 5 Tiegan Aitken (GU) def. Yang Lee (WSU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Caroline Wernli (GU) def. Elyse Tse (WSU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2,5,6,5,4,1