Cougars Host Washington on Senior Day
THIS WEEK (April 14, 2022): The Washington State Women's Tennis team (6-14, 1-8) close out the home portion of its 2022 schedule by hosting No.32 Washington on Senior Day, Friday at 1:15 p.m. at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
SENIOR DAY: Prior to the match against Washington, Washington State Tennis will recognize two seniors playing in their final home match. Michaela Bayerlova and Savanna Ly-Nguyen have spent the past five and four years, respectively in the Crimson and Gray, and Friday marks their final appearance in front of the home crowd. A pre-match ceremony will begin at 1:15 p.m. to thank them for their contributions to Cougar Tennis.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON: Washington enters the match with a 13-9 overall record, 4-5 in Pac-12 play, and a No. 32 national ranking. The Huskies have dropped their last six matches, all against teams ranked in the Top 50, after winning their previous six. Washington is led by No. 1 player Vanessa Wong, who is ranked No. 101 nationally, while the duo of Wong and former Cougar Hikaru Sato are ranked No. 85 in doubles. Washington holds the all-time series lead at 50-11.
LAST TIME OUT: WSU dropped a 6-1 decision against No. 17 Stanford, with fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova posting a straight-set victory over the nation's 10th-ranked player, Connie Ma, for WSU's long point.
COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: Fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova took a huge jump in the singles rankings as she moved from No. 71 to No. 41, up 30 spots. That is thanks to wins over No. 92 Haley Giavara and No. 10 Connie Ma last weekend. For the first time this season, the duo of Bayerlova and freshman Maxine Murphy enter the doubles rankings at No. 57.
- Fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova is 16-2 on the season, giving her 89 career victories, good for No. 8 on WSU's all-time list and one win shy of No. 7.
- Bayerlova rose 30 spots in the ITA National Rankings to No. 41 this week. Over the last two weeks, Bayerlova's ranking has increased 50 spots from No. 91 to her current ranking of 41.
- With her victory over California, senior Savanna Ly-Nguyen posted her 20th singles win of the season. It marks the first time she has reached 20-plus wins in a season in her career.
BAYERLOVA TOP THREE COLLEGIANS IN WORLD RANKING: Washington State fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova entered this week with a 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 203. Texas sophomore Peyton Stearns is next at No. 383 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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