Cougar tennis finished preseason at Baylor Invitational 

After rough first two days, WSU turns up the heat on final day 



Freshman Fifa Kumhom reaches to return ball at WSU’s Outdoor Tennis Courts.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Evergreen reporter

WSU tennis completed their final preseason tournament on Sunday with the conclusion of the three-day Baylor Invitational.

Over the course of the weekend, the Cougs competed against the schools of the hosting Baylor Bears, University of Houston Cougars and TCU Horned Frogs.

On the first day of action, the team went 2-4 in singles action and 2-4 in doubles action. All but one match was played against the Houston team, as Maxine Murphy played the lone non-Houston match against a TCU opponent.

The two wins for the singles competitors were from Murphy who won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 and Fifa Kumhom who also won in straight sets 7-5, 7-5.

Murphy and Kuhom have certainly been the most consistent pieces for the Cougs and will look to lead the team to a successful season. Murphy especially has high expectations, as the sophomore finished in the top 16 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Championships previously in the offseason.

The wins in doubles action came from Elyse Tse/Yura Nakagawa in a 6-3 finish and Eva Alvarez Sande/Murphy in another 6-3 finish.

On the second day of competition, WSU once again went 2-4 in both singles and doubles action. It was the same culprits in singles action, as Murphy won 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) and Kumhom came out on top 6-3, 6-1.

As for the doubles action, Alvarez Sande/Murphy took their match in a tightly contested 7-5 finish and Tse/Stefaniia Mikhailova won their match 6-4.

Despite the team struggling to find their footing over the first two days, the third day saw slightly better results, albeit by the familiar faces. In singles action, the Cougs went a combined 3-3 and in doubles, they only had three matches but finished 2-1.

For the singles competitors, Murphy finished her weekend perfect with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4) hard fought victory, the same could be said for Kumhom who won 6-4, 6-3 and finally Nakagawa got a singles win in a 6-3, 6-3 match.

In two of the losses from singles actions, the losing Cougs played tough but just barely could not get it done. Mikhailova fell 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) and Tse lost 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4), but each of these matches were the individuals best performances of the weekend.

For doubles, the duo of Alvarez Sande/Murphy bested their opposition 6-2 and Kumhom/Nakagawa won 6-4.

Overall on the weekend, the Cougs went 7-11 in singles action and 6-9 in doubles, but the matches were far closer than that record indicates.

Although the team is top-heavy in their results, they have a few months to keep training and practicing to be fully prepared for when the regular season begins in the spring.