Undefeated tennis returns to the Palouse for pair of matches

Now sporting a No. 66 ranking, the WSU women’s tennis team will try to continue its historic run through the weekend.

The Cougars (10-0) entered last week ranked No. 74, but after they dismantled Memphis and eked out a win against No. 60 UC Santa Barbara, they have their sights set on bigger and better things.

Leading the charge for the Cougs is their captain, senior Lize Leenknecht. Although she missed a couple of matches due to an injury, she has been relentless in her cheering of fellow teammates.

This past weekend, Leenknecht won a pivotal match against Santa Barbara and then cheered with her teammates as freshman Aneta Miksovska won the final match. Leenknecht said it is important to get the win, but for the team it is much more than four points.

“Our goal is to move up in the rankings,” Leenknecht said. “It was really fun to beat a ranked team, but we want to move up even more.”

With the team set to host Utah State and Lewis-Clark State on Sunday, the players will be focused on hitting their shots and adjusting to the courts.

The Cougars played outdoor last weekend and have practiced indoor this week in preparation for this weekend. Other than the lack of elements, the biggest adjustment for the Cougars will be the increased tempo of the indoor game.

Senior Trang Huynh has played well as of late, as she won every match last weekend. The biggest thing for her was the uncertainty of where the match will be played.

“I really don’t know if we are going to play outside or inside this weekend, so it could be either and we’re just trying to get ready for either possibility,” Huynh said.

Miksovska, who won the important final point of the match last weekend, just looks to improve every day and trust that her teammates are improving as well.

“I think we have not played our best tennis yet, so I think it is good that we can win despite that,” she said. “I just need to focus on myself.”

The Cougars play Utah State and Lewis-Clark State at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, on Sunday at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.