Cougs need win to break out of slump 

WSU tennis looks to snap losing streak in Fresno



WSU tennis player Yang Le serves the ball during an NCAA tennis match against Gonzaga, Jan 22.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

After two wins to begin the new season, the Cougars Tennis team have lost three straight and have not looked like a well-rounded unit. The team will look to break out of that spell against two schools on back-to-back days.

WSU tennis (2-3, 0-0 Pac-12) heads down to Fresno, California, to take on the Bulldogs of Fresno State (2-4, 0-0 Mountain West) and Cal Poly (1-1, 0-0 Big West). 

In their most recent match, the Cougs fell 5-2 to their Cougar rivals BYU. Two singles match wins were the only positive outcomes, as the team lost all three doubles matches and lost in straight sets in singles competition. 

Coming off that loss, the team will need to bounce back heavily against Fresno State. All-time, WSU is 4-6 against the Bulldogs and most recently won 5-0 in 2020. The team is currently on a three-match winning streak but is also 1-3 when playing outside Pullman. 

It is also important to note that the only player still on the WSU roster from their last matchup is Yang Lee, so that previous win must be taken with a grain of salt. 

Fresno State is coming off a 4-2 win over Florida Atlantic, a team with a higher rating than the Cougs. However, their other match against a Pac-12 opponent this year was against Arizona, a match they lost 4–2. The Bulldogs have had more impressive wins this season than the Cougs, but it is a toss-up on who will win.

Next up for the team is a match against Cal Poly the next day. The two schools have yet to play, so there is a first for everything in women’s tennis. The Mustangs have played just two matches this season, a 4-1 win against Grand Canyon and a 6-1 loss to Arizona. 

WSU will be favored in this match, but with how the team has played as of late, there potentially is an upset in the cards in favor of the Mighty Mustang. 

The match against Fresno State is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in Fresno, California. Then, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, they take on Cal Poly.