WSU suffers first two losses

Coug lose to two undefeated teams Utah, Minnesota

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Yang Lee prepares to strike down an incoming serve during a doubles match against Idaho, Saturday, Jan. 29, at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports editor

WSU tennis dropped their first two road games of the season against two talented and undefeated Utah and Minnesota teams.

4-3 loss to Utah

The Cougs and Utes entered Friday’s match undefeated in the young dual season. Unfortunately for the Cougs, the Utes remained undefeated after a tough contest.

Despite losing the first doubles match, the Cougs captured the doubles point. 

Fifth-year Michaela Bayerlova and freshman Maxine Murphy lost in the No. 1 spot to Utah’s Madison Tattini and Linda Huang, 6-2. Sophomore Fifa Kumhom and senior Yang Lee won their doubles round in the No. 2 spot, beating Utah’s Anastasia Goncharova and Emily Dush 6-4

Freshman Elyse Tse and senior Savanna Ly-Nguyen beat Utah’s Katya Hersh and Lindsay Hung 7-5, giving WSU the doubles point.

In singles play, Bayerlova beat Huang 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 1 spot. Murphy lost to Utah’s Hung 2-6, 3-6 in the No. 3 spot. Kumhom lost to Utah’s Tattini 2-6, 3-6 in the No. 5 spot.

The Cougs needed to win both of the remaining games to claim victory.

Freshman Hania Abouelsaad beat Anya Lamoreaux 6-3, 3-6. 6-3 to keep the Cougs alive.

Tse rallied from a 1-4 deficit to win her first set 7-6 (8-6). Unfortunately, she could not finish the deal, losing to Goncharova 8-6, 1-6, 3-6 at No. 4.

Ultimately, the Cougs lost 4-3 in their most competitive match of the season.

Friday’s match was WSU’s first in 13 days. Their previous weekend matches against Baylor and TCU were canceled because of inclement weather.

5-2 loss to Minnesota

The Cougs were outdone by a talented Minnesota squad, losing 5-2.

The Cougs lost the doubles point this time around. 

Bayerlova and Murphy lost to the Gophers’ No. 1 doubles pair, Emilee Duong and Rachel Hanford, 4-6. Ly-Nguyen and Tse lost to Minnesota’s Maria Rizzolo and Lucy Lu, 5-7.

Kumhom and Lee salvaged a game from Minnesota, beating Ekin Ercetin and Dalila Said, 6-4.

Murphy finished singles first, coming from behind 0-5 to win the third set 6-5 at No. 3. She finished 6-4, 7-5 against Rizzolo, 7-5, 6-4.

Bayerlova beat Hanford at the No. 1 spot in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. Bayerlova improved to 8-0 in singles with her win.

The Cougs lost consecutively as Tse could only score once more after winning the first set. She went 6-2, 0-6, 1-6 against Vasis Karvouni in the No. 4 spot, and Ly-Nguyen lost to Duong 6-7 (8-10) at No. 2.

The Cougs were down 3-2 and needed to win both remaining games to claim victory.

Unfortunately, Abouselsaad could not finish, conceding a 5-2 lead in her third set to lose to Said at No. 6, 6-4, 4-6, 5-7.

With Abouselsaad’s unfinished match, WSU was defeated. Minnesota beat WSU to clinch their best start in program history. After WSU’s matches, Utah beat Minnesota 4-0 to improve to 9-0 after only winning seven games last season.

The Cougs continue their road trip in California, where they will play UC Santa Barbara at 1 p.m. Friday and the University of San Diego at 11 a.m. Saturday.