Cowgirl Tennis Opens Spring Season With Loss To Utah

Jan. 30, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming CowgirlTennis team began their spring season today in Salt Lake City, UTagainst the Utah Utes. Utah, having already started their spring seasona week and a half ago, dominated much of the day. The Utes defeated theCowgirls 8-1, with Sarah Kay pulling out the lone victory for theCowgirl team.

The day started with Melanie Roberts taking on a very competitive MeganPayne-Dorny, who was ranked nationally last season. Roberts fell toPayne-Dorny in two sets scoring 6-1, 6-0.

Next was Sarah Kay, who had a very tough match in number two singles.Kay went into three grueling sets with Irini Kotoglou, losing thefirst set, but then coming back to win the final two sets to find a victory for the Cowgirls,scoring 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Sophomore, Sofi Espinosa competed next for the Cowgirls in number threesingles. She was defeated in the first set 6-2 and then came backfighting, however was defeated by Frida Kareld in the second set as well,7-5.

In number four singles, Shirley Mendoza was defeated by Cassie Kasteler6-3, 6-1, while in number five singles, Paulina del Monte was alsodefeated by Linn Ronnberg 6-0, 6-1. Amanda Roberts and Angela Dossetoralso competed today, but were also defeated by Anna Stechert and BrookeWilkinson respectively.

In doubles play, the Cowgirls were competitive, however, struggledas the day wore on. The number one team of Roberts and Kay played atough match against Payne-Dorny and Kasteler, and were defeated 8-5.The team of Espinosa and Mendoza were also defeated by Kotoglou andKareld 8-3 and the team of del Monte and Dossetor were defeated byWilkerson and Ronnberg 8-2.

Quotes from head coach Pam Davis ----

"I feel like we got some of our first match jitters out, Utah hasalready played two matches and a tournament before us, and you couldjust tell that we were a little more rusty.

"I just wanted to congratulate Sarah for pulling through. It was reallya mental match for Sarah, instead of physical, and she just pulledthrough that and was determined to win. It was great to see that seniorleadership from her.

"The girls feel good and now know more of what's expected in the nextcouple of matches. We know we need to pick up the pace a little andkeep working."

SinglesMegan Payne-Dorny def. Melanie Roberts   6-1, 6-0Sarah Kay def. Irini Kotoglou    6-4, 4-6, 3-6Frida Kareld def.Sofi Espinosa    6-2, 7-5Cassie Kasteler def. Shirley Mendoza   6-3, 6-1Linn Ronnberg def. Paulina del Monte   6-0, 6-1Anna Stechert def. Amanda Roberts   6-2, 6-1

DoublesPayne-Dorny/Kasteler def. Roberts/Kay 8-5Kotoglou/Kareld def. Mendoza/Espinosa 8-3Ronnberg/Wilkerson def. del Monte/Dossetor 8-2