Tennis sweeps double-header at home

No. 55 Michaela Bayerlova won all three of her matches throughout day

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Then-junior Michaela Bayerlova serves the ball during a match against Fresno State on Feb. 20 at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

AARIK LONG, Evergreen sports editor

After a couple of tough losses on opening weekend, WSU tennis came back home for a double-header of wins on Saturday.

“Anytime you have the chance to compete, we need to be excited to compete, but really take advantage of every opportunity that we have,” head coach Lisa Hart said ahead of the weekend’s matchups.

And compete, they did. To kick off the day, the Cougars faced the Montana Grizzlies in a morning match that the Cougars dominated 7-0. WSU was able to take all three doubles matches before completing the clean sweep with straight-set wins in all six singles matches.

The match against Eastern Washington on Saturday afternoon was not as one-sided. After dropping the doubles point, EWU fought their way back to win the number one and number two matches.

That is all of the fight that the Eagles would put up, however, as the Cougars would take a 5-2 win overall.

Three Cougars had a perfect 4-0 on the day, as fifth-year senior Melisa Ates, junior Yang Lee and sophomore Pang Jittakoat all won both of their singles and doubles matches throughout the day.

Additionally, senior Michaela Bayerlova, the 55th ranked singles player in the nation, won both doubles matches teamed with junior Hikaru Sato, as well as her singles match against Montana. Bayerlova did not compete in a singles match against Eastern.

The Cougars now have a gap in their schedule, as they take two weeks off before taking a short road trip up to Spokane to face Gonzaga on Feb. 12. The Bulldogs are 3-0 already this season with a competition in Tucson before facing the Cougars. Gonzaga faced EWU and Montana on consecutive weekends, winning by the same 7-0 and 5-2 that WSU put up.