Tennis drops third straight match in Seattle



Junior Tiffany Mylonas prepares to return a shot against a California opponent April 14 at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

RYAN MOSHER, Evergreen reporter

No. 40 Cougar tennis lost its final match of the season to rival No. 49 University of Washington 5-2 Saturday afternoon in Seattle.

WSU finished the regular season 20-6 overall and 5-5 in Pac-12 play.

The match started off outside, but typical rainy Seattle weather forced the matches to move inside about halfway through the meet.

WSU opened the match by taking the doubles point after winning two of the matches, The Huskies fired back in singles, quickly tying the match 1-1. WSU then responded, taking their second point and making the match 2-1 thanks to sophomore Melissa Ates, the only Coug to win a singles match on the day.

WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart said she was proud of the team’s performance in doubles and hopes the Cougars can bounce back in the Pac-12 tournament.

“Washington competed extremely well,” Hart said in a WSU news release. “I thought our doubles played well, and [Ates] did a great job in her singles match. We will now look forward to the Pac-12 tournament. We have a lot to play for and are excited to have a chance to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.”

WSU will prepare for the Pac-12 Championships which begin Wednesday in Ojai, California. The Cougars are currently tied with three other Pac-12 teams at 5-5 in conference play. Tie breakers will decide seeding for the tournament.