Tennis back on the road for first time in a month 

Stretch of road matches close out the season for team



WSU tennis player Yura Nakagawa gets ready to serve the ball during an NCAA tennis match against UCLA, Sunday, March 5, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

After finishing home Conference play without recording a win, WSU tennis (7-9, 0-5 Pac-12) begins a road stretch that will run through the end of the season.

First up on the road is Boulder, Colorado, to take on the Buffaloes (9-8, 0-5). It is a battle of two programs fighting for their first Conference win of the season, so someone will leave the match in the mountains happy.

All time, WSU is a positive 9-6 against Colorado, including two straight victories for the Cougs and having won four of the last five matches. In 2022, in Pullman, WSU won 4-2 behind four singles wins, something they can certainly replicate with the young talent they have in 2023.

The Buffaloes have lost this season to Stanford, California, Oregon, UCLA and USC, having their closest loss being a 4-3 defeat to the Golden Bears.

With both teams motivated to find some sort of positive outcome in Conference play, it will certainly be a tough and close battle. If the Cougs want to avoid the potential for a winless Pac-12 season, they need to take down Colorado since their schedule only gets harder from here.

It is a good matchup for WSU and with history on their side, they should come away from their first road match with their first Conference victory.

The match is set for noon Friday in Boulder at the CU Tennis Complex and will likely be streamed on the Pac-12 website.