Cougars Rally For 5-2 Win Over Wyoming
Jan. 20, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Ksenia Googe's comeback victory at No. 3 singles sparked No. 32 Washington State to a 5-2 win over No. 61 Wyoming Sunday afternoon at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
Googe was pushed to three sets, defeating Alexandra Kovacs 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. After dropping the first set, Googe began the third set down 2-0 but was able to rally back and win the next six games. The win was crucial, giving the Cougars a 3-2 lead going into the final two matches.
Charlotte Koning made quick work to secure the victory for WSU, defeating Silviya Zhelyazkova 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6, giving the Cougars an insurmountable 4-2 lead, with one match remaining on court. Olga Musilovich finished off play for the Cougars, winning 7-5, 6-2 over Jessica Parizher.
With the Cougars trailing 1-0 following doubles play, Elizaveta Luzina struck first for the Cougars, giving the team its first point of the day after defeating Sasa Nemcova 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4. Andjela Kankaras fell to Veronica Popovici 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2. Liudmila Vasilieva brought the Cougars back to 2-2 after defeating Simona Synkova 6-3, 6-4 in the top singles position. The win puts Vasilieva at 95 wins in her career, second on WSU's all-time singles victories list.
The day began with doubles play as the pairing of Lize Leenknecht and Koning had difficulty getting anything going at No. 3, falling to Wyoming's Parizher and Zhelyazkova 8-0. At No. 1, Kankaras and Googe faced the No. 52 duo of Popovici and Synkova. In a back and forth match, Wyoming escaped with an 8-6 victory to clinch the doubles point. Vasilieva and Luzina were down 7-6 to Wyoming's Nemcova and Kovacs but did not finish since the doubles point had already been won.
The Cougars are next in action Friday when they face Purdue in the first round of the ITA National Qualifier in Evanston, Ill.
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