Tennis returns to home court after two road victories

Cougars will hope to keep perfect season alive against Purdue


Ezekiel Nelson | Daily Evergreen File

WSU junior Aneta Miksovska competes in a match against Montana State on Jan. 20 at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

RYAN MOSHER, Evergreen reporter

WSU tennis will hold its third home match of the year against Purdue University in Hollingbery Fieldhouse on Saturday.

Head Coach Lisa Hart said she is impressed by her team’s performance so far this season, but her athletes aren’t satisfied.

“Our players are so focused and so excited about our season and the success we’ve had,” Hart said. “They’re really hungry to have more success.”

WSU is undefeated this season, at 5-0, and four of those victories were sweeps. The Cougars’ closest match was a 5-2 win over Iowa on Sunday.

Junior Aneta Miksovska said she and her teammates have been working hard during the past week of practice. Miksovska said it was special being a part of the match that helped clinch the win for the team against Iowa.

“I was down the whole match and then something happened,” Aneta said. “I took the second set and the third set luckily and that was good.”

Miksovska said she was excited to play in front of the home crowd, in familiar territory.

“It’s great because we have our friends here, our fans,” Miksovska said. “I think that this building is our advantage, because not many teams like it and we’re used to it so it’s good to be back.”

Miksovska said the advantage of Hollingbery is having teammates cheering loudly so opponents on the other team can hear it, something that the Cougars are accustomed to.

“We know how it goes, but the teams that don’t know are surprised they don’t know what to do,” Miksovska said. “I think it’s our big advantage.”

Purdue is 4-1 on the season and, like WSU, most of their wins came off sweeps. Purdue’s only loss was against No. 23 Ole Miss in Indiana.

Hart said her team will use the home court to their advantage.

“We’re excited to be home,” she said. “It’s always fun to play in front of your home crowd and sleep in your own bed, so we’re excited.”

WSU tennis competes against Purdue noon Saturday at the Simmelink Courts in Hollingbery Fieldhouse.