Tennis battles both Seattle U and Idaho

WSU has combined 14-0 record against both schools, looks to extend winning streak



Then-junior Melisa Ates returns a ball during doubles play against Idaho on Jan. 12 at Hollinhbery Field house.

JACLYN SEIFERT, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s tennis will begin play in their 2020 Spring Season this Saturday at home in the Hollingbery Fieldhouse. WSU will begin play against the University of Idaho at 12 p.m. and then face Seattle University at 5 p.m.

The Cougars recently played in the three-day Weinman Foundation Invitational tournament last weekend at the University of Hawai’i Tennis Complex in Hawai’i.

Brigham Young University, Louisville University and Northern Arizona University also participated in the tennis tournament.

Last time WSU played the University of Idaho was in Pullman on Jan. 12, 2019. The Cougars swept the Vandals 7-0.

In singles play, sophomore Savanna Ly-Nguyen had an impressive win in her first collegiate match in her Cougar jersey.

The University of Idaho women’s tennis was recently picked third in the Big Sky Preseason Coaches poll announced Wednesday Jan. 8, according to the Idaho Athletics website.

Last season the Vandals finished 13-8 and 8-2 in conference play.

The Cougars have a 13-0 home record against the Vandals and average 6.31 points per match.

The last time WSU has played Seattle University was Feb. 22, 2019 where they won 7-0 in Pullman.

Washington State has a 9-0 home record and 1-0 away record against the Redhawks. They also average 6.4 points per match and have a 4-1 margin of victory.

In the 2018-2019 season, the Cougars had an overall record of 19-10. Their conference record was 3-7, home record was 8-3 and away record was 9-7.

Senior Melisa Ates had a 21-6 singles record and an 21-14 mark in double plays.

The Cougars added an additional two players to the 2020 Fall Roster. They will add Hania Abouelsaad and Lunda “Fifa” Kumhom.

Abouelsaad will travel from Alexandria, Egypt and Kumhom will travel from Bangkok, Thailand to join the Cougar team in the Fall.

WSU will begin play at home against the University of Idaho at 12 p.m. and then face Seattle University 5 p.m. Saturday both in the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.