PULLMAN, Wash. – Junior Elizaveta Luzina’s win at No. 1 singles clinched the match as No. 48 Washington State posted a 4-0 victory over No. 40 Washington in a Pac-12 Conference match Friday afternoon at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. With the win the Cougars improve to 16-8 overall, 2-5 in conference action Washington falls to 10-9 overall, 0-7 in Pac-12 play.
Coming off a win against the nation’s 25th-ranked player Thursday, Luzina, ranked No. 106, raced out to a quick start against No. 107 Elianne Douglas-Miron, winning the first set 6-1. It was 4-1 Luzina in the second set before Douglas-Miron launched a furious comeback, capitalizing on two service breaks to lead 6-5. After Luzina held to force a tiebreaker, Douglas-Miron used an early mini-break to lead 3-1, but that was as close as she came. Luzina won the final six points to secure the victory.
The Cougars jumped out first, capturing the opening doubles point. At No. 1, the Husky pair of Elianne Douglas-Miron and Riko Shimizu were first off the court following an 8-2 win over Luzina and Lize Leenknecht. At No. 2 the match was on serve until the final game when Maria Biryukova and Olga Musilovich capitalized on their first match point to defeat Grace Ysidora and Natali Coronel 8-6. The match came down to No. 3 where the Cougar duo of Charlotte Koning and Dajana Ognjenovic earned an early broke and held on for an 8-5 win over Julija Lukac and Andjela Nemcevic, cementing the doubles point.
In singles play the Cougars quickly made it 2-0 as Musilovich had little trouble with Nemcevic, winning 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4. After trailing early in both sets, Biryukova found a win to inch ahead and increased WSU’s lead to 3-0 as she defeated Ysidora 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2, setting the stage for Luzina.
Two matches were halted and one hadn’t begun once the team outcome was decided. At No. 3, Leenknecht was facing match point against Lukac, trailing 6-7 (3), 6-0, 0-5 while Koning was tied at two with Coronel at No. 5. At No. 6, Ognjenovic and Shimizu were finishing their warm-up time and had not played a point.
The Cougars are next in action Wednesday when they host Denver at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Match time is set for 9 a.m.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
No. 48 Washington State 4 def. No. 40 Washington 0
April 4, 2014
Simmelink Tennis Courts
No. 1 Elianne Douglas-Miron/Riko Shimizu (UW) def. Elizaveta Luzina/Lize Leenknecht (WSU) 8-2
No. 2 Maria Biryukova/Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Grace Ysidora/Natali Coronel (UW) 8-6
No. 3 Charlotte Koning/Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) def. Julija Lukac/Andjela Nemcevic (UW) 8-5
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
No. 1 No. 106 Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) def. No. 107 Elianne Douglas-Miron (UW) 6-0, 7-6 (3)
No. 2 Maria Biryukova (WSU) def. Grace Ysidora (UW) 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 Lize Leenknecht (WSU) vs. Julija Lukac (UW) 6-7 (3), 6-0, 0-5 DNF
No. 4 Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Andjela Nemcevic (UW) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Charlotte Koning (WSU) vs. Natali Coronel (UW) 2-2 DNF
No. 6 Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) vs. Riko Shimizu (UW) DNS
Order of Finish: 4,2,1