The Golden State was too cloudy for the Cougs 

WSU tennis falls again to two Pac-12 schools 



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

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

The WSU tennis team (7-13, 0-9 Pac-12) played twice in the Golden State as the end of the season draws close. Against No. 30 California (11-7, 7-2) and No. 11 Stanford (17-2, 9-0), the Cougs went 0-2.

Against the Golden Bears, Eva Alvarez Sande picked up her 19th win of the year to pace the team, but it was not enough in a 6-1 loss. In doubles action, No. 53-nationally ranked doubles pair Alvarez Sande and Elyse Tse had a good matchup to test their skills against No. 9 Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm.

The Coug duo lost 6-4 in that match, but they certainly looked strong despite the defeat. With the two being just a freshman and a sophomore respectively, their 2024 season will bring high expectations.

In the only-point win, Alvarez Sande picked up a  6-3, 0-6, 6-4 win on court No. 1 against Haley Giavara of California. All but one other match ended in straight-set wins for Cal, but Fifa Kumhom pushed it to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 loss on Court No. 4

As for Stanford, WSU fell 4-1 against what has been a top team in the country in 2023.

Again facing fierce opposition in No. 28 Angelica Blake and Alexis Blokhina, the duo of Alvarez Sande and Tse lost again 6-4.

As for singles action, the Cardinal boasts several ranked players that saw several Cougs show fight.

Hania Abouelsaad won the first set against No. 70-ranked Alexis Blokhina which led to a Blokhino retirement.

The results were as follows:

Eva Alvarez Sande (WSU) vs. #28 Alexandra Yepifanova (STAN) 6-7(7) DNF

Yura Nakagawa (WSU) vs. #14 Connie Ma (STAN) 2-6, 2-5 DNF

No. 36 Angelica Blake (STAN) def. Elyse Tse (WSU) 6-1, 6-1

Valencia Xu (STAN) def. Stefaniia Mikhailova (WSU) 6-1, 6-2

Sara Choy (STAN) def. Tiffany Phout (WSU) 6-0, 6-0

Following the two matches, WSU has just one regular season match remaining. It is the 2023 edition of the Apple Cup in Seattle.

The 2023 tennis Apple Cup is set for noon Saturday, played at the Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium in Seattle and is streamed on the Pac-12 Livestream.