Bayerlova Pac-12 Player of the Year, Ly-Nguyen All-Conference
SAN FRANCISCO (May 4, 2022) – Washington State fifth-year senior Michaela Bayerlova has been named the 2022 Pac-12 Women's Tennis Singles Player of the Year while teammate Savanna Ly-Nguyen also received all-conference honors, the Pac-12 announced Wednesday.
Bayerlova, from Krumbach, Germany, is the first Cougar player in program history to earn Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year honors, while also collecting her third first-team all-conference honor. She is the only Cougar Tennis player to earn first-team honors since the conference expanded to full round-robin play in 1998, while also being a second-team selection last season. WSU's Katherine Costain was named the Player of the Year in 1993 for the Pac-10 Northern Division.
The fifth-year senior from Krumbach, Germany compiled a 17-2 record this season while playing in the No. 1 singles position. She won her first eight matches of the season and concluded Pac-12 play with a 7-1 mark in conference, the only blemish coming to current No. 25 Abbey Forbes. Bayerlova earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors April 12 of this year after defeating No. 92 Hailey Giavara of California and No. 14 Connie Ma of Stanford, both in straight sets. It marked the fifth POW award of Bayerlova's WSU career.
Bayerlova, who on Tuesday was selected for the 2022 NCAA Singles Championship for the third time in her career, enters the NCAA Tournament 6-1 against nationally-ranked opponents this season, five of those coming in Pac-12 play. For her career, she has 90 singles victories, tied for seventh in program history. She will graduate this month with a degree in data science.
Playing predominantly in the No. 2 singles position, Ly-Nguyen went 13-7 in dual matches and 6-3 in Pac-12 action. A true fighter on the court, that was never more evident than in the Colorado match in March, where she trailed 4-6, 0-5, before saving three match points to eventually win, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, clinching the team victory for WSU.
Ly-Nguyen carries a 3.91 grade point average and graduates this month with a degree in neuroscience. Last year, she was one of 10 female student-athletes nationally, and the only tennis player, to be named a 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.