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Cougars Advance at Pac-12’s with Win over No. 35 Washington

Apr 20, 2022

OJAI, Calif. – For the second time in five days, Washington State Tennis defeated Washington, this time by a 4-2 margin, in a first-round match Wednesday at the Pac-12 Tennis Championships at the Ojai Valley Tennis Club.
 
With the win, the Cougars improve to 8-14 on the season and advance to the Pac-12 quarterfinals to face No. 2 seed UCLA. Washington falls to 14-11 on the season.
 
Heading into singles play, WSU trailed 1-0 after doubles but that mattered not to the Cougars. WSU captured four of the first five singles matches completed to secure the victory. Senior Savanna Ly-Nguyen quickly evened the score as she posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Nika Zupancic at No. 2, her second dominating win over Zupancic in less that a week. Last Friday, Ly-Nguyen surrendered just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory. WSU took the lead for good when freshman Hania Abouelsaad avenged a straight-set loss to Yolanda Lin last week with a 6-2, 6-4 victory Wednesday at No. 4.
 
The Cougar lead increased to 3-1 when freshman Elyse Tse finished off a 6-0, 6-4 win over Kelly Leung at No. 6. The win marked the first conference victory of the season for Tse.
 
At No. 3, the Huskies cut the lead in half when Hikaru  Sato defeated Maxine Murphy, 6-4, 6-1, but Washington drew no closer. Sophomore Fifa Kumhom, as she did last Friday in Pullman, clinched the team victory with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Zoey Weil at No. 5, giving WSU it's first back-to-back victories over Washington since posting wins in 2006 and 2007.
 
With the outcome decided, the match at No. 1 was stopped as No. 43 Michaela Bayerlova was leading No. 107 Vanessa Wong 7-6 (8), 1-2.
 
Unlike last Friday when the Cougars captured the opening doubles point against Washington, the Huskies jumped out first, taking wins at No. 1 and 3 doubles to capture the opening point. At No. 1, Washington's Wong and Sato posted a 6-4 win over Bayerlova and Murphy, the nation's 62nd-ranked team. The point was clinched when Weil and Leung completed a 6-4 win over WSU's Abouelsaad and Kumhom at No. 3. The remaining match at No. 2 was stopped with WSU's Ly-Nguyen and Yang Lee tied a 6-6 with Zupancic and Lin.
 
The Cougars, seeded No. 10, will next face No. 2 UCLA Thursday at 3 p.m.
 
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
Washington State 4 def. #35 Washington 2
April 20, 2022
Ojai Valley Tennis Club
Ojai, Calif.
 
DOUBLES
No. 1 Vanessa Wong/Hikaru  Sato (UW) def. #62 Michaela Bayerlova/Maxine Murphy (WSU) 6-4
No. 2 Savanna Ly-Nguyen/Yang Lee (WSU) vs. Nika Zupancic/Yolanda Lin (UW) 6-6 DNF
No. 3 Zoey Weil/Kelly Leung (UW) def. Hania Abouelsaad/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 6-4
Order of Finish: 1,3
 
SINGLES
No. 1 #43 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) vs. #107 Vanessa Wong (UW) 7-6 (8), 1-2 DNF
No. 2 Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def. Nika Zupancic (UW) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 Hikaru  Sato (UW) def. Maxine Murphy (WSU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 Hania Abouelsaad (WSU) def. Yolanda Lin (UW) 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 Fifa Kumhom (WSU) def. Zoey Weil (UW) 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Elyse Tse (WSU) def. Kelly Leung (UW) 6-0, 6-4
Oder of Finish: 2,4,6,3,5