No. 19 Cal edges out No. 36 WSU

Tennis falls to second straight ranked opponent



Freshman Savanna Ly-Nguyen swings her racket to meet the tennis ball during the match against Eastern Washington University on Jan. 12 in Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

TY EKLUND, Evergreen reporter

No. 36 Cougar tennis lost its second straight match to No. 19 Cal 4-3 on Saturday in Berkeley, California.

Both teams were coming off of losses on Friday as Cal (10-6, 4-3) fell 4-3 to No. 15 UW and WSU (17-7, 2-5) lost 4-0 to No. 5 Stanford.

The Cougars fell behind early as the Golden Bears grabbed the opening doubles point.

The No. 28 ranked doubles pairing in the nation was able to take junior Melisa Ates and freshman Yang Lee 6-2 and sophomore Michaela Bayerlova and senior Aneta Miksovska were defeated 6-3 in their match to give Cal a 1-0 lead. 

In singles play, all six matches were highly contested and WSU was able to tie up the score right away.

Ates had no trouble with her opponent defeating them 6-3, 6-1 to make the score 1-1. Cal senior Olivia Hauger, the No. 42 ranked player, responded with a straight set victory over freshman Hikaru Sato to give the Golden Bears a 2-0 lead.

Bayerlova, the No. 57 ranked player, took down Cal sophomore Julia Rosenqvist, the No. 40 ranked player, 6-3, 7-6 to even the score once again.

Senior Tiffany Mylonas was unable to keep up with her opponent and lost in straight sets to allow the Golden Bears to gain a 3-2 lead.

The Cougars now needed to win the final two matches. Lee narrowly lost the first set of her match with Cal senior Maria Smith before ultimately falling 7-6, 6-4 to give the Golden Bears the match clinching point.

Miksovska took down her opponent in three sets but it was not enough as WSU lost 4-3.

The Cougars will face their third straight ranked opponent 1:30 p.m. Friday when they face No. 8 UCLA at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. WSU will then battle USC at 11 a.m. next Sunday.