Cougars sweep Seattle and Idaho at home

WSU remains undefeated in the new year, had a combined 14-0 record against both Seattle University and University of Idaho



WSU Senior Hikaru Sato returns a ball during singles play against BYU on Feb. 22 at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

JACLYN SEIFERT, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s tennis had two 7-0 wins in their first 2020 dual matches of the season against the University of Idaho Vandals and the Seattle University Redhawks Saturday at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse in Pullman.

The Cougars improved their all-time record 33-18 against the Vandals. Last season, Idaho finished 13-9 and 8-2 in conference play.

The Cougars took the lead early with two back to back singles and doubles wins.

Freshman Pang Jittakoat had her first dual-match win with two early 6-1 wins, and Freshman Carla Quadflieg won her match with two 6-1, 6-2 wins against the Vandals.

The Cougars already had a 13-0 home record and averaged 6.31 points per match against Idaho.

WSU later played the Seattle University Redhawks with two early doubles-match wins. Senior Melisa Ates and sophomore Hikaru Sato who won it for the Cougars with a 6-0 win. Senior Jovana Knezevic and Jittakoat also had an early 6-1 win in their doubles match.

For the singles matches, junior Michaela Bayerlova had a 6-1, 6-3 win for her fourth-straight this season. Both Jittakoat and Quadflieg did not lose a game in their matches on Saturday.

WSU had a 19-11 overall record in the 2018-19 season and starts this season 2-0.

The Cougars will face the University of Denver Pioneers in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend at 11 a.m. Saturday in Stanford, California.

This will be the third meeting between the two schools. The Cougars won in Pullman on April 9, 2014, and the Pioneers won in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Feb. 3, 2008.