tennis wins every match to win
The WSU tennis team’s first action of the spring season was an all-out dominance by the Cougs. Proving that Cougar pounces are better than Grizzly bites, the WSU defeated Montana by his 7-0 lead on Friday.
The win continues to build on the impressive record Coog has amassed against Montana, now going all-time 16-0 against the program. Friday’s game marked his 11th time the Cougs had completely overwhelmed a team and his eighth head-to-head in the last nine games.
Play began with the doubles, which was won by the Coogs No. 1 duo of Maxine Murphy and Eva Alvarez Sande. 7-5. At one point, the duo were leading 5-2, but after some tough points, they came close. Despite the rough patch, they hung up and clasped to complete the sweep in doubles action.
WSU’s two other duos had little trouble winning. Elyse Tse and Yang Lee finished first with a decisive 6-1 victory.
FIFA Kumhom and Stephania Mikhailova (doubles 3 for Wazzu) had some back and forth points to start the match. At 3-2 he won three in a row and won 6-2.
In the singles match, the Cougs picked up momentum and the top two of their teams set the tone. No. 1 Murphy and his No. 2 Alvarez Sande both went 12-1 overall in the match, with Murphy winning his 6-0 6-1 and Alvarez Sande his 6-1 6-1. 0 won.
After winning the first set 6-2, home 4 also overwhelmed their opponents with a 3-0 lead. Despite losing her points, her 6-2 6-1 victory showed her to be promising in the middle of the Cougs lineup.
The other three matches were a different story. Everything ended in victory, but the players had a hard time. 3rd survived in straight sets 6-4 7-6 (6), 5th place Li went on a 7-5 3-6 1-0 (10-2) winning streak and finally 6 Mikhailova 6-3 6 -2 to win.
WSU has over a week off before playing again. Their next match will be against Gonzaga at noon on Friday at Shimmering Tennis on his court at Hollingbury Fieldhouse in Pullman.