WSU tennis begins Pac-12 Championship with USC 

Cougs look for revenge against Trojans 

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HAILEE SPEIR

WSU women’s tennis team prepares for their NCAA tennis match against UCLA, Sunday, March 5, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

Despite going winless in Conference play during the regular season, WSU tennis will continue its season in the Pac-12 Tennis Championship Wednesday.

No. 11 seed WSU (7-14, 0-10 Pac-12) begins their Pac-12 Championships run against No. 6 seed USC (16-8, 6-4), a team they lost to at the beginning of their Conference schedule.

In that match, the Trojans came out on top 6-1. The team looked similar to what fans have seen recently, as it occurred post-Maxine Murphy’s injury. The one point in that match came from Eva Alvarez Sande on court No. 1, the first proof that she was ready to step up to the top of the ladder. 

Her victory came against then-No. 24 ranked Eryn Cayetano in a 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7) victory and was a part of her team-leading individual victories on the year.  

Since that match, the Cougs have remained winless and USC finished above .500 in Conference play, now being ranked No. 28 in the nation. Following the loss early in the season, the Cougs are now 2-20 all-time against the Trojans and 1-10 away from Pullman. 

Coming into 2023, WSU is 4-5 all-time at the Pac-12 Championships, having won one round at each of the last four championships, including an impressive victory against No. 35 Washington in 2022

The match between the Cougs and Trojans is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, California.