WSU tennis remains winless in Conference play with seven straight losses

Cougs lose to Colorado and Utah



WSU tennis player Eva Alverez Sande goes to hit the ball during an NCAA tennis match against UCLA, Sunday, March 5, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

WSU tennis’s (7-11, 0-7 Pac-12) nightmare season continues with two losses against the mountain schools on the road.

Coming in with just five more attempts to grab a Pac-12 Conference win, the Cougs lost to Colorado (11-7, 1-5) and Utah (12-8, 3-4).

The Buffaloes were the best bet the Cougs had at getting their first Conference win, as their schedule only gets harder from here.

Against Colorado, the final line was a 5-2 victory for the hosting school. WSU started the match promising, winning on the top two courts in doubles to secure the point.

Eva Alvarez Sande and Elyse Tse won on court one by a final line of 7-6 (3) and the duo of Yura Nakagawa and Fifa Kumhom secured the point win with a 6-4 victory.

As for singles action, the Cougs were less fortunate, coming away with just a single win by the hands of Tse and her 6-4, 7-6 (4) win on court three.

Several other Cougs put up valiant efforts, notably Nakagawa whose loss read 7-5, 7-6 (3) and Stefaniia Mikhailova who was unable to maintain momentum after winning her first set in a 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 loss.

Facing off against the Utes produced much of the same: a 6-1 loss this time, the sole win coming from standout Alvarez Sande who won on court one by a line of 6-2, 6-2. Her performances in both singles and doubles action have certainly caught the eye of those around the nation.

Alvarez Sande and Tse are ranked as the No. 46 doubles team in the nation, a feat that should be celebrated.

Following the losses, the Cougs look ahead to three Conference matches to close out the season.

First, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, they travel to Berkeley, California, to take on the Cal Golden Bears. Then they have a quick turnaround, as at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, they head over to Stanford, California, to take on the Cardinal.