Cowgirl Tennis Opens Up Competition at Jon Messick Invite

The Wyoming tennis team finished with a 5-4 mark on the opening day of the Jon Messick Invite on Friday afternoon. The Cowgirls played singles and doubles matches against the Iowa State Cyclones and Northern Colorado Bears.

“We started off strong in doubles at every line,” head coach Dean Clower said. “I thought we have definitely matured in the way we start matches. In singles, we continue to improve in several areas. We just have to learn how to play more structured at certain times of matches.”

The Cowgirls got off to a great start by winning all three doubles matches. The team of Tessa Van Der Ploeg and Elisa Koonik defeated Ella Mora and Courtney Schulte, 6-3. Imogen Clews and Dorottya Jonas won 6-2 over Beth Coton and Lily-Ana Kreutzer while Miranda Talbert and Ana Tkachenko earned a 6-1 victory against Anna Battersby and Marissa Baca.

It was a little tougher in singles action with UW coming away with just two wins against Iowa State. Talbert won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2 against Claudia Toledo while Tkachenko came up with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Liera Bender.

Jonas dropped her match 6-4, 6-3 against Maty Cancini followed by van Der Ploeg with a tough three set loss, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, against Regina Espindola. Koonik fell short against Annabella Bonadonna, 6-3, 6-1, while Erin Freeman beat Clews, 6-4, 7-6.

Wyoming will return to action tomorrow with doubles matches at 11 a.m. and singles play is set to start at 12:30 p.m. The tournament runs through Sunday.