Wyoming Tennis Wins Opening Match of ITA Kick-Off

Jan. 26, 2013


The 60th ranked Wyoming Cowgirl Tennis team improved their record to 2-1 overall with a 4-1 win against the 62nd ranked College of Charleston to open up the ITA Kick Off Weekend.

"Today was a good day for UW tennis," said head coach Dean Clower. "We competed as one unit and it was a pleasure watching these young women compete and play the way tennis should be. We out hustled a very talented team in the College of Charleston. We can only enjoy this momentarily because tomorrow we have an opportunity to get better again against the third ranked team in Duke."

Wyoming would take the first point of the day in doubles action against the Cougars. Alexandra Kovacs and Sasa Nemcova defeated Kelly Kambourelis and Jenny Falcone, 8-6, while Veronica Popovici and Simona Synkova wrapped up the point with their 8-3 victory over Samantha Maddox and Irene Viana.

Popovici and Synkova won both of their matches in singles play to put the Cowgirls ahead 3-1. Popovici defeated Christin Newman, 6-1, 6-3, followed by a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win for Synkova over Kambourelis. The Cougars' Jenny Falcone earned the only point of the day for the College of Charleston. She defeated Nemcova, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Christa Gecheva clinched the match for Wyoming with a straight set win, 6-3, 7-5, over Grace Baker. Two players didn't complete their singles matches, Kovacs was up 7-6 (9-7), 3-3, against Brooke McAmis and Parizher was tied with Maddox, 1-6, 6-4, 2-0.

The Cowgirls will close out play tomorrow against the third ranked Duke Blue Devils at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The match is set for 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Singles competition
1. Veronica Popovici (WY) def. Christin Newman (COFC) 6-1, 6-3
2. Simona Synkova (WY) def. Kelly Kambourelis (COFC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
3. Alexandra Kovacs (WY) vs. Brooke McAmis (COFC) 7-6 (9-7), 3-3, unfinished
4. Jenny Falcone (COFC) def. Sasa Nemcova (WY) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
5. Jessica Parizher (WY) vs. Samantha Maddox (COFC) 1-6, 6-4, 2-0, unfinished
6. Christa Gecheva (WY) def. Grace Baker (COFC) 6-3, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. #52 Popovici/Synkova (WY) def. Samantha Maddox/Irene Viana (COFC) 8-3
2. Kovacs/Nemcova (WY) def. Kelly Kambourelis/Jenny Falcone (COFC) 8-6
3. Christin Newman/Brooke McAmis (COFC) vs. Parizher/Zhelyazkova (WY) 7-6

Match Notes:
College of Charleston 1-1
Wyoming 2-1

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,4,6)