ATHENS, Ga. -
The Wyoming tennis team (2-2 overall) opened up the 2016 ITA Kick-Off Weekend facing a tall task against the 4th ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The Cowgirls suffered a 4-0 loss on Friday afternoon in Athens.
"The team is coming along and we are starting to play UW tennis the right way," UW head coach Dean Clower said. "We need to regroup and play the same way against a good Tulane team tomorrow."
Freshmen Elisa Koonik and Sanne Hoekstra began the day with a 6-2 loss against Kennedy Shaffer and Laura Patterson while the 14th ranked team of Ellen Perez and Mariana Gould clinched the doubles points with a 6-3 victory over sophomore Magdalena Stencel and senior Nastya Tokareva. Juniors Dorottya Jonas and Miranda Talbert were down 4-3 against Silvia Garcia and Carolina Brinson but did not finish the match.
The momentum carried over to singles play for the Bulldogs who needed only three matches to win the match. At the fourth position, the 109th ranked Shaffter won in straight sets over Koonik, 6-1, 6-1. Jonas lost 6-1, 6-2 against Garcia who is ranked 82nd overall while the 22nd ranked Brinson disposed of Tokareva, 6-1, 6-2.
Stencel was trailing in her match, 6-2, 6-5, against 12th ranked Perez and Talbert was only one game against Gould before the match was called.
Wyoming will finish up the ITA Kickoff Weekend tomorrow in the consolation round. The Cowgirls will face the 65th ranked Tulane Green Wave at 3 p.m. MT.
#4 Georgia 4, #74 Wyoming 0
1. #14 Ellen Perez/Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Magdalena Stencel/Nastya Tokareva (WY) 6-3
2. Silvia Garcia/Caroline Brinson (UGA) vs. Miranda Talbert/Dorottya Jonas (WY) 4-3, unfinished
3. Kennedy Shaffer/Laura Patterson (UGA) def. Elisa Koonik/Sanne Hoekstra (WY) 6-2
1. #12 Ellen Perez (UGA) vs. Magdalena Stencel (WY) 6-2, 6-5, unfinished
2. #22 Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Nastya Tokareva (WY) 6-1, 6-2
3. #82 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Dorottya Jonas (WY) 6-1, 6-2
4. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. Elisa Koonik (WY) 6-1, 6-1
5. Mariana Gould (UGA) vs. Miranda Talbert (WY) 0-1, unfinished
6. Sanne Hoekstra (WY) vs. Laura Patterson (UGA) Scheduled but not played
Wyoming 2-2; National ranking #74
Georgia 1-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,3,2) ITA Kick-Off Weekend Dan Magill Tennis Complex