MISSOULA, Mont. – The Washington State women’s tennis team captured five of six singles matches en route to a 6-1 victory over Montana Friday afternoon at the Peak Racquet Club. With the win the Cougars improve to 4-1 for the season while Montana falls to 0-1.
For the fifth time in as many matches the Cougars captured the opening doubles point. The No. 2 team of Maria Biryukova and Olga Musilovich opened with a 6-3 win over Laurence Pelchat and Sasha Carter before Charlotte Koning and Dajana Ognjenovic at No. 3 clinched the point with a 6-3 victory over Maddy Murray and Anabel Carbo-Estruch. The No. 1 doubles match was abandoned as the doubles point no longer in doubt with Montana’s Precious Gbadamosi and Haley Driver leading Liza Luzina and Lize Leenknecht 5-3.
The Cougars doubles play has been a bright spot this season with WSU a combined 10-1 in doubles matches this year. Last season they captured the doubles point only nine times in their 26 matches.
In singles play the Cougars open with another point as Montana was unable to field a No. 6 player so the WSU won default. Of the matches being contested, Leenknecht was off first as she defeated Carter, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3. WSU clinched the match at No. 1 when Luzina defeated Gbadamosi, 6-3, 6-0, giving the Cougars an insurmountable 4-0 lead.
At No. 4 Musilovich won in straight sets for the fifth time this season, defeating Pelchat 6-4, 7-6. Montana picked up its lone victory when Driver rallied from a set down to defeat Biryukova, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) at No. 2. Ognjenovic closed out the match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Murray at No. 5.
The Cougars are next in action when they conclude their weekend in Missoula by facing Minnesota Saturday morning at 9 a.m. PT.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
Washington State 6 def. Montana 1
January 31, 2014
No. 1 Precious Gbadamosi/Haley Driver (UM) vs. Elizaveta Luzina/Lize Leenknecht (WSU), 5-3 DNF
Order of Finish: 2,3
No. 1 Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) def. Precious Gbadamosi (UM), 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 Haley Driver (UM) def. Maria Biryukova (WSU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 3 Lize Leenknecht (WSU) def. Sasha Carter (UM), 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Laurence Pelchat (UM), 6-4, 7-6
No. 5 Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) def. Maddy Murray (UM), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 Charlotte Koning wins by default
Order of Finish: 3,1,4,2,5