WSU downed by Ducks, 5-2

Ly-Nguyen wins 70th singles match of college career



Michaela Bayerlova (left) and Maxine Murphy (right) compete in a doubles match against Idaho, Jan. 29, at Hollingberry Fieldhouse.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports co-editor

WSU tennis (6-10, 1-4) lost to No. 45 Oregon (11-5, 3-3) 5-2 on Friday in Eugene, Ore. despite heroic come-from-behind wins by Savanna Ly-Nguyen and Michaela Bayerlova.

In doubles, Ly-Nguyen and Elyse Tse fell to Ares Teixido Garcia and Karin Young in the No. 3 spot, 6-1. The pair dropped their doubles record to 11-5 overall. At No. 2, Yang Lee and Fifa Kumhom lost to Allison Mulville and Myah Petchey, 6-2. The pair dropped their doubles record to 10-9 overall, 7-8 in the dual season.

With the doubles point lost, Bayerlova and Maxine Murphy did not finish their dual against Sophie Luescher and Uxia Martinez Moral. When the match was called, the pair of Cougs held a 3-2 lead over the pair of Ducks. Their doubles record remains 6-6.

In singles, Cougars both young and old were not up to the challenge brought by the Oregon Ducks, as the bottom 2/3rds of WSU’s competitors lost in straight sets.

Kumhom (11-14, 4-8) quickly lost to Young in straight sets at No. 4, 6-1, 6-1. Murphy (9-13, 6-8) lost to Teixido Garcia in straight sets at No. 3, 6-2, 6-2. WSU’s Stefaniia Mikhailova (0-5, 0-2) played her first match since Jan. 21, when she lost in three sets. Mikhailova remains in search of her first win, as she lost to Mulville in straight sets at No. 6, 6-3, 6-1. Lee put up the strongest fight among those who lost, losing at No. 5, 6-2, 7-5.

With the match already decided in favor of Oregon, Ly-Nguyen and Bayerlova kept fighting. Ly-Nguyen (18-9, 9-5) lost her first set 3-6 and held a slim lead for much of the second set, leading 3-2 and 4-3 before pulling off the 6-3 second set win. Ly-Nguyen was locked in a tiebreaker during the third set, winning 11-9 to clinch the Cougs’ first individual win of the day. This was Ly-Nguyen’s 18th win of the season and the 70th win of her college career.

Bayerlova (13-1, 8-1) showed similar poise, losing her first set 6-7 and winning her second set 7-6. After close calls in her first two sets, she dominated the third set 10-4 to win 6-7 (9), 7-6 (5), 1-0 (10-4).

Next up, the Cougs head to Los Angeles to face the No. 17 USC Trojans and the No. 13 UCLA Bruins. Their matches in LA will be the first of five straight matches against top-25 Pac-12 opponents.

WSU plays USC at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Marks Stadium and UCLA at noon Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

After this road trip, the Cougs return home for their final three home matches of the season, each against top-25 teams. The Cougs will face No. 14 California on April 8, No. 19 Stanford on April 10 and No. 20 University of Washington on April 15.

Each home match will be played at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. For more information on WSU Tennis, follow @WSUCougarTennis on Twitter.