NCAA Womens Tennis

Comeback Falls Short in 4-3 Loss at Oregon

Arizona State

EUGENE, Ore. – In a match that went back-and-forth throughout all nine matches, Washington State tennis’ comeback fell short in a tiebreaker as No. 66 Oregon held off the Cougars for a 4-3 victory in a Pac-12 match Sunday at the Student Tennis Center. With the loss, The Cougars fall to 10-6 on the season, 1-4 in conference play. Oregon improves to 10-8, 1-5.
Doubles play began the day and WSU grabbed the early advantage as the No. 2 team of Yura Nakagawa and Fifa Kumhom cruised to a 6-1 win over Candela Aparisi and Uxia Martinez Moral. At No. 3, Oregon’s Nina Geissler and Karin Young jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Hania Abouelsaad and Martina Markov, before holding on for a 6-4 win, setting the stage for No. 1. There, WSU’s Eva Alvarez Sande and Elyse Tse grabbed an early break to lead 3-0. Oregon’s duo of Sophie Luescher and Jo-Yee Chan won the next four games and served it out for a 6-4 victory, clinching the all-important opening point.
In singles action, Martinez Moral extended the Duck lead to 2-0 as she completed a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kumhom at No. 4. Nakagawa put the Cougars on the board as she pulled away in the second set for a 6-4, 6-2 win over Chan at No. 3.
WSU evened the match at 2-2 as Tse used service breaks in each set as she defeated Geissler 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2. At No. 6, Aparisi rallied from a set down to complete a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 comeback and give Oregon a 3-2 lead with two matches remaining.
The match drew even again as Alvarez Sande needed three sets to defeat Luescher 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1, pushing the deciding match to…

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