WSU’s Alvarez Sande named All-Pac-12 Second Team

Freshman stepped up to No. 1 spot midway through season 



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

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

Following her impressive freshman campaign for the WSU tennis team, Eva Alvarez Sande has been awarded the recognition of All-Pac-12 Second Team. 

Her recognition as a freshman is the sixth time in program history and the first time since Michaela Bayerlova was named to the First Team in 2018. 

In 35 singles matches over the 2022–23 season, she led the team with a 19-16 record and went 21-15 in doubles. She and her duo Elyse Tse went 10-2 together on the doubles courts, coming in ranked the No. 39 duo in the nation.  

Alvarez Sande and Tse were named alternatives for the 2023 NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship.

In Pac-12 play, Alvarez Sande went 5-4 in singles play, playing all her Conference matches at the No. 1 spot. Following Maxine Murphy’s injury against Saint Mary’s Feb. 25, Alvarez Sande had to step up as the leader of the Coug singles’ play, where she shattered expectations. 

Her Conference wins included over then No. 24 Eryn Cayetano (USC), Salma Ziouti (Arizona), Sophie Luescher (Oregon), Katya Townsend (Utah) and Haley Giavara (California). 

Prior to coming to Pullman, Alvarez Sande dominated the junior tennis circuit internationally.  She won the Galician Under 16 and Under 18 titles in 2020, was a Galician Women’s Championship finalist in both 2020 and 2021 and reached the finals at the IBP women’s national tournament in Leon and the ITF J5 event in Madrid. In the summer of 2022, captured the IBP Circuit Open 1000 title in Coruña, Spain, according to WSU Athletics.