WSU has bright spots but goes winless in Virginia 

Cougs lowest seed in ITA tournament, prove to be tough match 



WSU tennis player Fifa Kumhom waits for an incoming serve during an NCAA tennis match against Gonzaga, Jan 22.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Evergreen reporter

Over the course of Friday and Saturday, WSU tennis (2-2, 0-0 Pac-12) played in two matches in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend hosted in Virginia.

The Cougs first played No. 8 Virginia and after losing, they faced off against Northwestern on Saturday.

On Friday, the Cougs lost their first match of the season against the ranked Virginia Cavaliers (3-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast) 4-1. The team showed heart but had little go their way against such a tough opponent.

In doubles action, all three WSU pairs lost to their opposition. Maxine Murphy and Eva Alvarez Sande lost 6-4 and the duos of Fifa Kumhom/Yura Nakagawa and Elyse Tse/Hania Abouelsaad both fell 6-3.

In singles action, the lone bright spot shone brightly as Murphy took on a ranked opponent and came out on top. Murphy, at the No. 1 spot, faced off against No. 34 Julia Adams of Virginia and, after losing the first set, won two straight. The final line was 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and it proved that Murphy truly is one of the best competitors in the Pac-12 as a sophomore.

In the second match of the weekend, the Cougs took on Northwestern (3-2, 0-0 Big 10) after their loss to South Carolina. After the Cougs took two out of three of the doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead into singles action, they lost four straight to lose the match overall 4-1.

Murphy and Alvarez Sande won 7-5 in doubles and Tse and Lee also won by a final score of 6-3. Then, in singles action, Kumhom lost a tough battle 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-2. Alvarez Sande lost to No. 54 ranked Christina Hand 6-2, 6-2, Tse lost 6-4, 6-2 and Stefaniia Mikhailova fell 6-4, 6-0.

Despite not finishing, Murphy had overcome a first-set loss and was deep into her match that ended with the 3-6, 7-5, 2-4.

Next up for the Cougs, they head on the road to take on BYU at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Indoor Tennis Courts in Provo, Utah.