Tennis defeats Colorado

Michaela Bayerlova gets her 12th season win



Senior Melissa Ates continues a rally against Fresno State on Feb. 20 at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

Nick Oldham, Evergreen sports editor

The WSU tennis team earned its first conference win of the season against the University of Colorado, Boulder by a score of 6-1.

The Cougars won their second match in a row and the first of their two-match homestand. WSU will look to get the weekend sweep against No. 44 University of Utah on Sunday.

“Really proud of our team, did a great job following the game plan,” head coach Lisa Hart said. “Always good to win, always a little better to win a conference match.”

WSU got off to a good start in doubles competition by earning two victories to score its first point. Junior Michaela Bayerlova and sophomore Hikaru Sato upset Colorado’s senior Monica Malinen and sophomore Sara Nayar, the No. 64 doubles team in the nation.

WSU’s senior Melisa Ates and sophomore Yang Lee also came away with a victory in their doubles match. Senior Jovana Knezevic and freshman Pang Jittakoat’s match went undecided.

The Cougars stayed hot entering singles play, as sophomore Savanna Ly-Nguyen, No. 46 Bayerlova and Sato won their matches in straight sets. The Cougars tacked on to their win by late singles victories from Jittakoat and Lee, both in straight sets.

Bayerlova’s win over Malinen marked her 12th of the season and maintained her undefeated season in singles.

“Every match is a new match,” Bayerlova said.” “I’m trying to focus on every point.”

Ates remains at 89 career singles victories, as she fell short of a win against Colorado’s freshman Sophia Derivan. Ates is seventh on WSU’s all-time singles won list and will look to tie former assistant coach Ekaterina Burduli on Sunday.

“Her opponent played really well, but really proud of how Melisa fought every point,” Hart said. “She’ll rebound on Sunday.”

Colorado will head to the west side to take on No. 30 University of Washington at noon on Sunday.