MAUI, Hawaii – The Washington State tennis team dropped a hard-fought 4-3 decision to Hawaii Pacific Friday afternoon.
The day began on a positive note for the Cougars as they swept the first two doubles matches to take the opening point. At No. 1 Elizaveta Luzina and Lize Leenknecht had little trouble with Vivian Hansen and Lea Kruse-Utermann, winning 6-1 at No. 1. Maria Biryukova and Olga Musilovich then clinched with doubles point at No. 2 with a 6-3 victory over Karen Ramirez and Celina Goetti. WSU’s No. 3 team of Charlotte Koning and Dajana Ognjenovic were leading 5-3, and actually were holding a match point against Magdalena Smejova and Lorena Gheorghe, when the match was stopped with the doubles point already decided.
In singles play the Cougars captured the first set in three of the first four matches but came away with only two victories. At No. 1 Luzina posted a straight-set win over Ramirez, 6-4, 6-3, while Musilovich at No. 4 defeated Hanson, 6-1, 6-2. Leenknecht, at No. 2, earned the first set against Goetti, 6-4, but could not hold on as Goetti earned a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win.
At No. 3 Smejova defeated Biryukova 6-1, 6-4 while Gheorghe posted a 6-4, 6-2 win over Koning at No. 5. The match came down to No. 6 where Ognjenovic and Kruse-Utermann split the first two sets, with Kruse-Utermann winning 7-5 in the first only to set Ognjenovic fight back to win the second, 6-1. In the third set Kruse-Utermann jumped out early then held on for a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win, sealing the win for the Sea Warriors.
The Cougars are next in action when they face Hawaii, Saturday in Maui.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
Hawaii Pacific 4 def. Washing State 3
January 24, 2014
No. 1 Elizaveta Luzina/Lize Leenknecht (WSU) def. Vivian Hansen/Lea Kruse-Utermann (HPU) 6-1
No. 2 Maria Biryukova/Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Karen Ramirez/Celina Goetti (HPU) 6-3
No. 3 Dajana Ognjenovic/Charlotte Koning (WSU) vs. Magdalena Smejova/Lorena Gheorghe (HPU) 5-3 DNF
No. 1 Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) def. Karen Ramirez (HPU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 Celina Goetti (HPU) def. Lize Leenknecht (WSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
No. 3 Magdalena Smejova (HPU) def. Maria Biryukova (WSU) 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Vivian Hansen (HPU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Lorena Gheorghe (HPU) def. Charlotte Koning (WSU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 Lea Kruse-Utermann (HPU) def. Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3