Utah State women's tennis (6-6, 0-0 Mountain West) lost, 6-1, to Washington State (11-1, 0-0 Pac-12) on Thursday night at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
"We competed well at most spots," assistant coach Sanne Louwers said. "We're not there yet where we're supposed to be, but we're heading in the right direction. It was big to see one of our seniors step up and come out with a big performance."
In doubles, senior Sabrina Demerath and redshirt freshman Alexandra Taylor lost, 1-6, at the No. 3 spot against WSU freshman Michaela Bayerlova and junior Aneta Miksovska. Washington State sophomore Guzal Yusupova and junior Tiffany Mylonas clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot against sophomore Rhoda Tanui and freshman Sasha Pisareva. USU senior Maggie O'Meara and junior Jenna Kane led, 4-3, at the No. 1 spot against senior Barbora Michalkova and sophomore Melisa Ates, but the match ended unfinished due to the results on the other courts.
In singles, Demerath lost, 2-6, 0-6, at the No. 2 spot against Yusupova. Pisareva lost at the No. 1 spot, 3-6, 2-6, against Bayerlova, who is ranked No. 34 in the nation in singles. Mylonas clinched the match for Washington State with a 6-2, 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot over Tanui.
O'Meara won her first set, 7-5, at the No. 4 spot against Miksovska. Miksovska then won the second, 6-3. The match was decided in a short third set with O'Meara taking the win with a 10-6 victory. Kane lost, 1-6, 0-6, at the No. 6 spot against Ates. Taylor rounded out the singles results with a 2-6, 2-6 loss at the No. 5 spot against Michalkova.
Utah State next travels to California where the Aggies will take on Boston University (5-4, 2-0 Patriot League) in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m. MT. USU then faces UC Riverside (1-9, 0-3 Big West) in Riverside on Thursday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. The Aggies will head back to Los Angeles to face Seton Hall (2-4, 0-0 Big East) on Friday, March 9, at 10 a.m. Utah State wraps up its California trip in Fullerton where USU will take on Cal State Fullerton (8-2, 2-0 Big West) on Sunday, March 11, at noon.
Ashley Springer is a student at Utah State University studying journalism and communication. Springer is an intern with the USU athletic department's media relations.