PULLMAN, Wash. – Sophomore Maria Biryukova’ s three-set victory capped a record-setting day for Cougar tennis as No. 45 Washington State defeated Oregon 4-2 in a Pac-12 Conference match Saturday afternoon at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. With the win the Cougars improve to 18-10 overall, 3-7 in conference action while Oregon falls to 7-15, 1-9.
It was Senior Day for the Cougars as prior to the match Olga Musilovich and Emily Funabiki were recognized for their contributions to the program. Musilovich made an early impact as she and Biryukova clinched the opening doubles point with an 8-4 win over Lina Akesson and Marlou Kluiving at No. 2. WSU ‘s No. 1 team of Elizaveta Luzina and Lize Leenknecht had little trouble in an 8-1 victory over Nicole Long and Jasmine Minor for the first win of the day. It marked the 25th doubles victory of the season for the Cougar duo, tying WSU’s single-season record which was set by Stacy McKenna and Erica Perkins in 2002. At No. 3 doubles the Cougar pair of Charlotte Koning and Dajana Ognjenovic were leading Kadie Hueffner and Allie Hueffner 5-4 when their match was stopped.
In singles play Musilovich quickly extended the Cougar lead to 2-0 as she handily defeated Kluiving 6-0, 6-1. The win was the 77th of Musilovich’s career, moving her into a tie for ninth on WSU’s career list. Leenknecht then made it 3-0 had she posted a 6-0, 6-2 win over Sofia Hager at No. 3, improving her singles record to 24-13 this season.
Oregon found its way on the board at No. 5 where Lana Buttner defeated Koning, 6-0, 6-2. The Ducks picked up their second point when Long won a pair of tough sets, defeating Luzina 7-5, 6-1 at No. 1, setting the stage for Biryukova.
At No. 2 Biryukova won the first set 6-2 and had multiple chances to earn a break in the second, but could not close it out as Minor rallied for a 6-4 second-set win. In the third it was all Biryukova as she earned a quick break and never stopped, winning the third set 6-0 and clinching the victory for WSU. At No. 6 Ognjenovic was leading 4-6, 6-1, 4-3 over Allie Hueffner when the match was stooped with the team outcome no longer in double.
The win for WSU gave Head Coach Lisa Hart her 141st win at WSU, passing Cari Groce (1992-2003) for the most coaching wins in WSU tennis history. The 18 team victories are the third-most in a single season and one shy of the school record which was set in 1994 and later matched in 2012.
Washington State is next in action at the Pac-12 Championships, April 24-27 in Ojai, Calif.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
No. 45 Washington State 4 def. Oregon 2
April 19, 2014
WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts
No. 1 Elizaveta Luzina/Lize Leenknecht (WSU) def. Nicole Long/Jasmine Minor (UO) 8-1
No. 2 Maria Biryukova/Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Lina Akesson/Marlou Kluiving (UO) 8-4
No. 3 Charlotte Koning/Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) vs. Kadie Hueffner/Allie Hueffner (UO) 5-4 DNF
Order of Finish: 1,2
No. 1 Nicole Long (UO) def. No. 82 Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 Maria Biryukova (WSU) def. Jasmine Minor (UO) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
No. 3 Lize Leenknecht (WSU) def. Sofia Hager (UO) 6-0, 6-2
No. 4 Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Marlou Kluiving (UO) 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Lana Buttner (UO) def. Charlotte Koning (WSU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) vs. Allie Hueffner (UO) 4-6, 6-1, 4-3 DNF
Order of Finish: 4,3,5,1,2