WSU tennis heads to the Golden State looking for a golden ticket 

Cougs still searching for first Conference win



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

The Cougs (7-11, 0-7 Pac-12) have just three Conference games left in the 2023 season. The next two are in the Bay Area as they take on No. 30 California Golden Bears (9-7, 5-2) and No. 11 Stanford Cardinal (15-2, 7-0). 

It is at the top of the table of the Pac-12 and WSU is a perfect team to flip that table. Despite season records and history saying otherwise, the Cougs often find a way.

First up is the Golden Bears, who are currently third in the Conference standings. All time, Cal is 21-2 against the Cougs. The two WSU wins were in 2018 on a neutral site and in 2002 in Pullman. 

Cal has won the last four matches in the series and has yet to lose on their home court. But, it will happen eventually. 

As for Stanford, the Cardinal currently pace the Pac-12 and are the only team left who is undefeated in Conference play. Looking at the all-time record, WSU has never come away with a victory. 

Through 23 matches, the Cougs have yet even to win more than two points in a single match. 

Stanford is at the top of the totem poll of women’s tennis in the Conference, but nonetheless, the competition will be good for the Cougs. 

The first match starts at 1:30 p.m. Friday, WSU travels to Berkeley, California, to take on the Cal Golden Bears. Then, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, they head over to Stanford, California, to take on the Cardinal.