Cougars Post 4-3 Victory over No. 32 Washington on Senior Day
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State Tennis celebrated its 2022 Senior Day Friday, yet it was a sophomore who stole the show. Fifa Kumhom posted the biggest win of her WSU career to lift the Cougars over No. 32 Washington in the Boeing Apple Cup series match at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
With the win, the Cougars snap a seven-match skid to Washington dating back to the 2014 season, while improving to 7-14 on the season, 2-8 in Pac-12 play. The Huskies fall to 13-10, 4-6.
After the Cougars raced to a 3-0 lead, the Huskies looked primed to stage the comeback as they captured three-straight matches and held a one-set lead in the deciding match. After dropping the first set to Kelly Leung at No. 5, Kumhom, a sophomore from Bangkok, Thailand, found a little extra in her game. She won the second set, 6-2, then dominated the third, winning 6-0 to clinch the victory and send seniors Michaela Bayerlova and Savanna Ly-Nguyen out winners in their final home match.
The Cougars began the day by capturing wins at No. 1 and 2 to secure the doubles point. Washington grabbed the early advantage when Zoey Weil and Leung posted a 6-3 win over Hania Abouelsaad and Kumhom at No. 3. WSU responded as Bayerlova and Maxine Murphy, ranked No. 57 nationally, closed out a 6-2 win at No. 1 over No. 85 Vanessa Wong and Hikaru Sato, pushing the deciding point to No. 2. There, WSU's Ly-Nguyen and Yang Lee secured the opening point with a 6-2 victory over Nika Zupancic and Yolanda Lin.
Ly-Nguyen continued her dominating play as she rolled through Zupancic at No. 2, winning 6-1, 6-0. It marked Ly-Nguyen's seventh win in her last nine matches and gave the senior her team-leading 21st-singles win of the season.
At No.1, Bayerlova, ranked 41st-nationally, made quick work of the 101st-ranked Wong, winning 6-2, 6-1, to push the Cougar lead to 3-0. The win was Bayerlova's ninth in her last 10 matches and improved her season record to 17-2.
The Huskies found the scoreboard at No. 4 when Lin outlasted Abouelsaad, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to cut WSU's lead to 4-3. Sato provided the second point for Washington as she rallied from a set down to defeat Murphy, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3.
Washington tied the match at No. 6 when Weil completed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Lee, pushing the deciding match to Court 5, where Kumhom provided the heroics.
The Cougars are next in action Wednesday when they compete in the first round of the 2022 Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
Washington State 4 def. No. 32 Washington 3
April 15, 2022
Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse
No. 1 #57 Michaela Bayerlova/Maxine Murphy (WSU) def. #85 Vanessa Wong/Hikaru Sato (UW) 6-2
No. 2 Savanna Ly-Nguyen/Yang Lee (WSU) def. Nika Zupancic/Yolanda Lin (UW) 6-2
No. 3 Zoey Weil/Kelly Leung (UW) def. Hania Abouelsaad/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
No. 1 #41 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) def. #101 Vanessa Wong (UW) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def Nika Zupancic (UW) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Hikaru Sato (UW) def. Maxine Murphy (WSU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
No. 4 Yolanda Lin (UW) def. Hania Abouelsaad (WSU) 7-6 (5), 6-3
No. 5 Fifa Kumhom (WSU) def. Kelly Leung (UW) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 Zoey Weil (UW) def. Yang Lee (WSU) 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2,1,4,3,6,5