Tennis moves to No. 40, heads to Fresno for pair of games


WSU senior Maria Biryukova prepares to return the ball during a match against North Arizona University on Feb 6.

From staff reports

Riding their undefeated season to a spot at No. 40, the WSU tennis team earned its highest ranking since 2012 heading into a pair of road games.

The 12-0 Cougars will travel to Fresno California for two games on Friday and Saturday. They will meet host Fresno State in a matinee game and conclude their visit with a match against Saint Mary’s.

Despite their undefeated ranking the Cougars are underdogs this weekend. Fresno State is ranked No. 26 despite a 5-4 record. The Bulldogs opened up their season beating No. 34 Arkansas and No. 9 UCLA before they were defeated by a familiar foe, Texas Tech. The Cougars defeated the Red Raiders in January’s Hawaii Invitational in what has been a remarkable season.

Head Coach Lisa Hart reiterated that the team only looks at the task at hand, which starts with Fresno State. Then once they play the Bulldogs, the Cougars will set their sights on Saint Mary’s.

With the team playing their best tennis, they still feel that they have not hit their peak yet and are hoping to start playing better in order to compete with the bigger teams.

With sophomore Donika Bashota and freshman Aneta Miksovska off to hot starts of their own, the Cougars are on a historic streak. Bashota has a 29-2 record including 12-0 in dual matches. Miksovska is 21-3 with an 11-0 record in dual matches.

Another Cougar in making her own history is senior Maria Biryukova, who now sits in eighth place on the all-time wins list.

The Cougars face Fresno State at 12 p.m. on Friday and Saint Mary’s at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Fresno, California.

Reporting by Alex Payton