Cougars Return Home to Face Bay Area Schools
THIS WEEK (April 7, 2022): The Washington State Women's Tennis team (6-12, 1-6) returns home for the first time in nearly a month to host No. 9 California and No. 17 Stanford. Weekend play begins Friday as the Cougars host Cal at 1:30 p.m. at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Stanford returns to Pullman for the first time since 2018 on Sunday, April 10 at 10 a.m. That match is scheduled to be played at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. Friday's match against the Golden Bears begins a three-match homestand to close out the regular season.
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SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears enter the week with a 12-6 record, 5-1 in Pac-12 play, along with a No. 9 national ranking. Last weekend Cal dropped its first conference match at Arizona State before rebounding for a 7-0 win at Arizona. Jessica Alsola is Cal's top-ranked player at No. 50, followed by Hailey Giavara at No. 92. IN doubles play, Cal's Giavara and Valentina Invanov are ranked No. 31 while Alsola and Katja Wiersholm are No. 33. Cal leads the all-time series, 24-2, including a 4-3 victory last season in Berkeley.
SCOUTING STANFORD: The Cardinal enters the week with an 12-4 record, 5-1 in Pac-12 play, along with a No. 17 national ranking. Stanford splits its weekend series in the desert last week, defeating Arizona 7-0 before falling at then-No. 30 Arizona State, 4-2. Freshman Connie Ma is Stanford's top-ranked player, entering the week at No. 14, followed by freshman Alexandra Yepifanova at No. 20. Ma and Angelica Blake are ranked No. 10 in doubles. Stanford leads the all-time series, 35-0.
LAST TIME OUT: WSU dropped a 6-1 decision at No. 15 UCLA, with senior Savanna Ly-Nguyen picking up a straight0set win at No. 2 singles for the Cougars' lone victory.
- Fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova is 14-2 on the season, giving her 87 career victories, tying for No. 10 on WSU's all-time list.
- Bayerlova rose 20 spots in the ITA National Rankings to No. 71 this week.
- Senior Savanna Ly-Nguyen leads WSU with 19 singles wins this season and has 71 for her career.
BAYERLOVA TOP THREE COLLEGIANS IN WORLD RANKING: Washington State fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova entered this week with a WTA ranking of 512, a career-high. 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 201. Texas sophomore Peyton Stearns is next at No. 384 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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