No. 31 Cougar tennis fell to No. 5 Stanford yesterday 7-0 in their last match of the regular season.
Today they will remain in California to begin their run in the individual-style Pac-12 tournament.
Their match against Stanford was rescheduled due to bad weather when the Cougars were supposed to play the Cardinals in late March. With the win Stanford earned a share of the regular Pac-12 conference title with USC.
WSU opened the dual in doubles play. They lost all three matches and conceded the doubles point, but juniors Andjela Kankaras and Ksenia Googe stayed competitive in an 8-6 match against the No. 2 doubles combo in the nation of Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs.
In singles, the Cougars most competitive matches came from their two freshmen at the No. 5 and 6 spots. Elizaveta Luzina lost in two close sets of 7-5 and 6-4 to Veronica Li. Meanwhile Charlotte Koning was the only Cougar to force three sets in a 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 loss to Natalie Dillon.
As the team decision of the dual-match already concluded, Koning’s last set was decided on both sides to be played in a 10-point tiebreaker. With the Pac-12 championships starting today, each team wanted to conserve their energy for the tournament.
The tournament features 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. With every school but Oregon State having a tennis program in the traditional Pac-12 conference, the top 10 teams in the conference get to enter three players in the singles tournament with the last place team getting two. With a 6-4 record, WSU ended in fifth place in the conference standings.
The 16 doubles teams are determined by each of the 11 schools getting one bid automatically while the remaining five are selected by a draw committee.