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HCA: Cougar tennis makes NCAA Tournament

For the seventh time in school history, Washington State will play in the post season

Washington State University - Lisa Hart
Washington State Athletics Communications

The Washington State women's tennis team was selected to the NCAA tennis championship tournament on Monday. After a season that included being ranked in the top 15 for the first time ever and beating 10th ranked UCLA for just the second time in program history, the 34th ranked Cougars will head to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face 19th ranked Miami on May 3rd.

The winner of that game will move on to face the winner of the Oklahoma State (19-7) and Central Arkansas (20-7) match. The second round match will take place May 4th at the same location.

This is the just the 7th time they have ever made the tournament and the first time since 2012 that the Cougars will play in the 64-team tournament. Their 19 wins this season ties the second most wins in program history with the 2012 and 1994 seasons. This is also the third time under head coach Lisa Hart they have made the postseason. In 2008 the Cougs fell to 27th ranked LSU in the first round and in 2012 they would finally get out of the first round with a victory over 36th ranked Florida State before dropping their second round match to Florida who would go on to win the national championship.

Through the first 15 games of the season the Cougars only two losses came at the hands of Stanford and Gonzaga. Things then started to go downhill a bit as they had a rough end to their season and went 5-7 in their final 12 games before shutting out Colorado in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament. They would meet up with top-seeded Stanford in the quarterfinals and would drop the match 4-0.

Washington State joins six other conference teams to make the post season this year as Stanford, UCLA, Washington, USC, California, and Arizona State all were selected as well.



Cougars Selected for NCAA Tennis Championship - Washington State University Athletics
Cougars making third NCAA appearance under Head Coach Lisa Hart.


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