Tennis falls in first two conference meetings


A WSU tennis player prepares to hit the ball during a match against Seattle University at Hollingbery Fieldhouse on Feb. 6.

From staff reports

The women’s tennis team had only lost one game before its trip to southern California that yielded two losses to UCLA and USC.

UCLA managed to take the first point of the match as seniors Maria Biryukova and Trang Huynh lost 6-3 to Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips, the No. 5 doubles pair in the country.

That match was followed by senior Lize Leenknecht and freshman Aneta Miksovska, who lost 6-2. The third match featured sophomore Donika Bashota and junior Victoria Matejevic who were leading 4-3 when their match was abandoned.

In singles play, the Cougars got off to a shaky start losing the first three singles matches. Biryukova lost to No. 19 Harrison, 6-1, 6-0 while Bashota was knocked off by McPhillips, 6-2, 6-1. Freshman Barbora Michalkova took the match to her opponent Alaina Miller but was defeated, 6-4, 7-6(3).

Huynh turned the day around by defeating Terri Fleming in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. That was the only victory all day as the Bruins had already wrapped up the four points prior to Huynh’s match and won the two matches that followed Huynh.

Miksovska lost to Kristin Wiley, 7-5, 6-3 and Matejevic was defeated by Kelly Shaffer, 7-6(6), 6-2.

The next day the Cougars took the half-hour drive to USC where they were met with the Trojans for single matches. Due to inclement weather there were no doubles matches.

In the first match of the day, Biryukova lost to No. 21 Giuliana Olmos, 6-0, 6-3. Leenknecht then won 6-2, 6-0 to level the score. USC proved too much for the Cougars as the Trojans went on to take every match afterward.

Bashota lost to No. 90 Madison Westby, 6-4, 7-5, while No. 85 Gabby Smith defeated Michalkova, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Huynh also lost in a back and forth match, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1. Miksovska fell to No. 66 Jessica Failla, 6-3, 6-1.

The Cougars take on Oregon at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in Eugene.

Reporting by Alex Payton