After a rough first two days, WSU turns up the heat on the final day
WSU tennis wrapped up its final preseason tournament on Sunday with the conclusion of the three-day Baylor Invitational.
Over the weekend, the Cougs faced host schools Baylor Bears, University of Houston Cougars and TCU Horned Frogs.
On the first day of action, the team went 2-4 in singles and 2-4 in doubles. All but one game was against Team Houston, with Maxine Murphy playing the only non-Houston game against a TCU opponent.
The two wins for the singles competitors were by Murphy who won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 and Fifa Kumhom who also won in straight sets 7-5, 7-5.
Murphy and Kuhom have certainly been the most consistent pieces for the Cougs and will be looking to lead the team to a successful season. Murphy has especially high expectations, as the runner-up finished in the top 16 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association North West Championships previously during the offseason.
Doubles wins came from Elyse Tse/Yura Nakagawa in a 6-3 result and Eva Alvarez Sande/Murphy in another 6-3 result.
On the second day of competition, WSU again went 2-4 in singles and doubles. They are the same culprits in singles, as Murphy won 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) and Kumhom emerged victorious 6-3, 6-1.
As for the doubles, Alvarez Sande/Murphy won their match in a tightly contested final 7-5 and Tse/Stefaniia Mikhailova won their match 6-4.
Although the team struggled to find their footing in the first two days, day three saw slightly better results, albeit by familiar faces. In singles, the Cougs went a combined 3-3 and in doubles they only played three matches but finished 2-1.
For the singles competitors, Murphy ended his weekend perfectly with a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4) victory, the same could be said for Kumhom who won 6-4 , 6-3 and finally Nakagawa picked up a singles win in a 6-3, 6-3 match.
In two of the singles losses, the losing Cougs played hard but barely could. Mikhailova went down 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) and Tse lost 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4), but each of those games were the best individual performances of the weekend.
In doubles, the Alvarez Sande/Murphy duo beat their opponent 6-2 and Kumhom/Nakagawa won 6-4.
Over the weekend, the Cougs went 7-11 in singles and 6-9 in doubles, but the games were much closer than that record suggests.
Although the team is among the best in its results, it has a few months to continue training and practicing in order to be fully prepared for the start of the regular season in the spring.