Cougar tennis dominates Bulldogs

WSU tennis team serves up aces, bringing home two match wins against Gonzaga University with scores of 4-1 and 7-0 on Saturday



Senior Melisa Ates swings upward at a ball during a match against Gonzaga on Saturday at Hollingberry Fieldhouse.

NICK OLDHAM, Evergreen sports editor

The Washington State women’s tennis team put on two dominating performances in a double header against Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University on Saturday.

The two matches were won by scores of 4-1 and 7-0 in two one-sided affairs. The team was led by junior Michaela Bayerlova, who won a total of four matches in the two victories.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Bayerlova said. “We’re doing a good job fighting and winning.”

The Cougars defeated Gonzaga in the first match of the double header. The victory in the second match of the double header against the Eagles was a clean sweep.

The team swept in the doubles category against Gonzaga with two wins and one undecided match. The doubles matches were won by Bayerlova, sophomore Yang Lee, senior Jovana Knezevic and freshman Pang Jittakoat.

Bayerlova and senior Melisa Ates started off the singles category with two quick victories against their Gonzaga opponents; each winning two straight sets. Lee clinched the victory after winning her singles match in two straight sets.

The Cougars only loss against the Bulldogs was played by sophomore Savanna Ly-Nguyen in a close, hard fought match.

“Really proud of our players… This is always a really tough team, and I thought we did a good job of coming out strong in the doubles and it helped carry over into the singles,” head coach Lisa Hart said.

Sophomore Hikaru Sato, Bayerlova, Knezevic and Jittakoat ended doubles matches in the blink of an eye against Eastern Washington, as they allowed their opponents to win a combined three games in the three played matches.  

Victories from Bayerlova, Ly-Nguyen, Ates, Sato, Lee and freshman Carla Quadflieg in the singles matches gave the Cougars another huge victory over another tough opponent.

The Cougars next match is against Fresno State on Feb. 20 in Pullman.