Tennis finishes out regular season on road

WSU to play in Apple Cup, head to California before Pac-12 championships at end of month



Senior Melisa Ates recently tied Elizaveta Luzina for most combined wins in WSU history with 194.

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter

The WSU tennis team is wrapping up their regular season with a four-match road trip against No. 45 Washington on Friday, No. 4 Pepperdine on Sunday, UC Santa Barbara on Monday and San Diego on Wednesday.

These final four matches will be the last for WSU before going to the Pac-12 championships starting on April 23.

The Cougars are coming off of a strong win against Gonzaga on Tuesday, where they won 4-0 in their final home meet of the season. WSU will enter the road trip 13-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

The match against the Washington Huskies is the last game of the Pac-12 regular season for the Cougars. The Huskies enter the weekend with a 13-6 overall record and 4-5 in Pac-12 play.  WSU and Washington are both currently tied for eighth overall in the Pac-12 rankings. 

The Cougars already played Washington earlier this season and lost to the Huskies 2-5.  Historically, the Huskies have a strong upper hand against the Cougars, with 24 wins and 5 losses since 2000.

Head coach Lisa Hart said that the game against the Huskies is important because it will help to determine seeding at the Pac-12 tournament.

“I think if we can get that win we’re going to put ourselves in a good position to have a chance to do pretty well at the Pac-12 Tournament,” Hart said.

Pepperdine enters the weekend with a 15-3 record. Before they face WSU on Sunday, they will host Portland and Gonzaga.

WSU has only played Pepperdine once and that was a loss in 2014. Pepperdine fifth-year Jessica Failla is currently ranked 21st in the NCAA in singles play.

UC Santa Barbara currently has a 6-3 overall record. They are coming off of a six-match winning streak and are undefeated in Big West matches. Before facing the Cougars, the Gauchos will play against CSU Northridge and Cal Poly.

WSU already played UC Santa Barbara earlier in the season and won that match 4-2. Historically, the Cougars have a record of 5-1 against UC Santa Barbara since 2000.

The final regular-season match will be against San Diego, who currently has a 7-4 overall record.  San Diego sophomore Solymar Colling is currently ranked 74th in the NCAA in singles play.

The Cougars had a 4-3 victory over San Diego earlier this season. Historically, San Diego comes out on top with a 5-3 record against the Cougars since 2000.

WSU is entering their final regular-season games with some strong individual performances. Fifth-year Melisa Ates has tied Elizaveta Luzina’s all-time mark of 194 combined singles and doubles wins. Ates’ combined 28 victories this season are a team-best.

Junior Savanna Ly-Nguyen has a team-best 17-2 singles record. Her .894 winning percentage currently ranks fourth-best in single-season history at WSU.

Meanwhile, senior Michaela Bayerlova is ranked No. 82 in the most recent ITA poll. Although they are not ranked in the top 50, Washington State also received votes in the most recent coach’s poll.

Don’t miss out on the Cougars in action against Washington at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Pepperdine at noon Sunday, UC Santa Barbara at 1:30 p.m. Monday and San Diego at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The live stream of the match against the Huskies can be followed on Washington’s live stream and the match against the Waves can be followed on Pepperdine’s live stream. UC Santa Barabara and San Diego have not yet released their live stream links.