Cougars face Pioneers for third time

If WSU wins against Denver, they will advance to play against Stanford or U of South Florida



Then-junior Melisa Ates returns a ball during doubles play against Brigham Young University on Feb. 22, 2019 in Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

JACLYN SEIFERT, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s tennis will play in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend against the University of Denver Pioneers at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Stanford, California.

The Cougars (2-0, 0-0) recently began their 2020 dual spring season with a pair of two 7-0 wins against the University of Idaho Vandals and the Seattle University Redhawks.

WSU played Denver twice in past seasons. The last time the Cougars played the Pioneers (2-0, 0-0) was April of 2014 winning the match 6-0. The Cougars have a home record of 1-0 and away record of 0-1 against the Pioneers. WSU averages three points per match.

If Washington State wins against Denver, the team will advance to play the winner against either No. 1 Stanford or University of South Florida at 11 a.m. on Sunday. If the Cougars lose, the team will play the defeated team at the same time.

Denver also recently began its 2020 spring season with two wins against Air Force and Gonzaga University at Denver Tennis Park.

On Tuesday, Pioneer sophomore Taylor Melville was named the Summit League Player of the Week after she had a 2-0 mark at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles last weekend.

Washington State will begin play at 11 a.m. Saturday in Stanford, California.