Cougars Return to Pac-12 Play at Oregon
THIS WEEK (March 24, 2022): The Washington State Women's Tennis team (6-9, 1-3) returns to conference play when it travels to Eugene to face No. 45 Oregon, Friday at 1:30 p.m. from the UO Student Tennis Center.
SCOUTING OREGON: The Ducks enter the week with a 9-5 record, 1-3 in Pac-12 play. In its last out, Oregon posted a 4-3 win over No. 25 Arizona State, snapped a three-match skid, all in conference play. The Cougars won last year's matchup, 4-3, in Pullman, and have won the last three meetings, though Oregon holds a 38-26 advantage in the all-time series.
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LAST TIME OUT: WSU traveled to Spokane posted a 5-2 victory over Gonzaga, the third-straight victory in the series for WSU. Sophomore Fifa Kumhom provided the clinching point, with a three-set win at No. 4 singles.
- Fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova is 12-1 on the season, giving her 85 career victories, two shy of reaching WSU's Top 10.
- Bayerlova entered the ITA National Rankings at No. 91 this week.
- Senior Savanna Ly-Nguyen leads WSU with 17 singles wins this season and has 69 for her career.
- The duo of Ly-Nguyen and freshman Elyse Tse have a team-leading 11 doubles wins this season, all coming in dual matches.
BAYERLOVA TOP THREE COLLEGIANS IN WORLD RANKING: Washington State fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova entered this week with a career-best WTA ranking of 513. 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 194. Texas sophomore Peyton Stearns is next at No. 387 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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