Bayerlova boldly goes where no Coug has gone before in NCAA Singles Championships

Bayerlova claims three matches in NCAA Championships, advances to quarterfinals

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Michaela Bayerlova (left) and Maxine Murphy (right) prepare for an incoming serve during an NCAA collegiate tennis match against Stanford, April 10.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports editor

Thanks to her exceptional, record-breaking play which netted her a chance to represent WSU tennis on a national stage, fifth-yearMichaela Bayerlova continues to impress well into the month of May as she advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles Championship.

On Wednesday, Bayerlova beat North Carolina’s Carson Tanguilig in three sets at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. to advance to the quarterfinals.

It took Bayerlova three rounds to finally lose a set, falling short in set one with a 5-7. However, with her back against the wall, Bayerlova continued to stamp herself into the WSU record books by winning the next two sets 7-6 and 7-5 to advance to the fourth round of the NCAA championships.

On Monday, the fifth-year senior beat Miami’s Eden Richardson in the first round. Bayerlova, the most decorated player in program history, is competing in her third career NCAA Singles Championships after competing in 2018 and 2019.

She never trailed in her first set, working back from a 2-2 tie to win four straight and take the set 6-2. In her second set, she worked back from 15-40 to win the game and cruised to victory in just over an hour.

Bayerlova is the only Coug in program history to advance to the second round of the NCAA championships, a feat she has now done twice after she beat Winthrop’s Lauren Proctor in 2019. After singles wins on Tuesday and Wednesday, Bayerlova continues to climb the record books as the only Coug to advance to the quarterfinals.

Bayerlova beat Duke’s Chloe Beck in straight sets in the round of 32, 7-5, 6-2. Beck and Bayerlova battled early before Bayerlova dominated taking eight of the final nine points to claim victory.

Following her third 2022 NCAA championships win on Wednesday, Bayerlova is now 20-2 in singles and 9-1 against nationally-ranked opponents.

With 93 victories, Bayerlovastands alone for the sixth-most wins in program history.

Following a season where she set career highs in singles wins by the end of the regular season, Bayerlova was named the 2022 Pac-12 Conference Singles Player of the Year. She is the first in program history to earn such an honor. She was also named the 2022 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and to the 2022 Pac-12 Women’s Tennis All-Conference First Team for the third time.

Bayerlova will next dawn the crimson and gray on Thursday against Virginia Commonwealth University’s Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado.