Dawgs Fall To Cougars In Tourney Opener
OJAI, Calif. – Washington's stay in Ojai was shorter than hoped for as the Dawgs lost a 4-2 decision today against Washington State at the Ojai Valley Tennis Club. The Huskies (14-11), who came in ranked 35th nationally, will still have a chance at earning an NCAA tourney at-large bid, but will have to wait until May 2 to learn if they'll have more tennis to play.
Washington State was able to back up a 4-3 win it earned last Friday in Pullman. The Huskies reversed the outcome in the doubles point to get off to a strong start today, but only Hikaru Sato was able to find a win in singles. WSU advances to the quarterfinals to take on UCLA on Thursday.
In doubles play, Vanessa Wong and Sato earned a 6-4 win at No. 1 against 62nd-ranked Bayerlova/Murphy, and then Zoey Weil and Kelly Leung clinched the point with a 6-4 win at No. 3 against Abouelsaad/Kumhom. Nika Zupancic and Yolanda Lin were in a tiebreak at No. 2 when the point was won.
But singles play got off to a slow start for the Dawgs. Only Sato won her first set, and she pulled away in set two to beat Maxine Murphy, 6-4, 6-1.
But WSU had a win at No. 2 singles from Savanna Ly-Nguyen over Nika Zupancic for its first point. UW's Lin and Leung were trying to force third sets at the four and six spots, but neither could extend their matches. Lin fell, 6-2, 6-4, to Hania Abouelsaad, and Leung lost, 6-0, 6-4, to Elyse Tse at six. The clincher came at No. 5 with Fifa Kumhom also preventing a potential Husky rally with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Zoey Weil.
Vanessa Wong, tied for the No. 1 spot in school history with 111 wins, was stopped in her match with 43rd-ranked Michaela Bayerlova. Wong had lost a marathon first set in a 10-8 tiebreak, but was up 2-1 in set two.
UW will wait until May 2 for the NCAA Women's Tennis Selection Show on NCAA.com.
Washington Women's Tennis
Pac-12 Championships – First Round
April 20, 2022
Ojai Valley Tennis Club | Ojai, Calif.
No. 35 (7-seed) Washington – 2
(10-seed) Washington State – 4
1. (#107) Vanessa Wong (UW) vs. (#43) Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) – 6-7 (8), 2-1, DNF
2. Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def. Nika Zupancic (UW) – 6-2, 6-1
3. Hikaru Sato (UW) def. Maxine Murphy (WSU) – 6-4, 6-1
4. Hania Abouelsaad (WSU) def. Yolanda Lin (UW) – 6-2, 6-4
5. Fifa Kimhom (WSU) def. Zoey Weil (UW) – 6-4, 6-4
6. Elyse Tse (WSU) def. Kelly Leung (UW) 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 6, 3, 5
1. Wong/Sato (UW) def. (#62) Bayerlova/Murphy (WSU) – 6-4
2. Zupancic/Lin (UW) vs. Lee/Ly-Nguen (WSU) – 6-6, DNF
3. Weil/Leung (UW) def. Abouelsaad/Kumhom (WSU) – 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3