Tennis heads south to wrap up fall season at Stanford

From staff reports

The women’s tennis team is heading for warmer weather this week as it travels to California to compete at Stanford for the USTA/ITA Regional Championships.

For the Cougars, this tournament means business. They will be met by in-state competition from Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Seattle and Washington. Stanford, UW, WSU, California and Oregon will represent the Pac-12 at the tournament.

Oregon played in the WSU Invitational earlier this month, meaning the Cougars are familiar with the Ducks and know their style. In the final round of the doubles bracket at that tournament, all four WSU duos beat Oregon pairings.

Sophomore Donika Bashota has led the charge for the Cougars with a 12-0 record in singles competition. Bashota picked up titles at the Cougar Classic, BYU Invitational and WSU Invitational.

Bashota has also competed with senior Lize Leenknecht in doubles action this season, and the duo has had a lot of success. Bashota and Leenknecht won the Cougar Classic and BYU Invitational as a pair.

There will be two rounds of singles play followed by one round of doubles starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday in Stanford. On Saturday, there will be two more rounds of both singles and doubles, before cementing who will play in Sunday’s quarterfinals. Semifinals are scheduled for Monday with the finals set for Tuesday.

The Cougars hope to end their fall tournaments on a high note at Stanford. After regionals, they will not play in a competition until January, so the emphasis is on finishing strong.

Reporting by Alex Payton