Feb. 1, 2003
Lincoln, Neb. - The Wyoming Cowgirl Tennis Team opened up 2003 play with a close 4-3 loss against the Wichita State Shockers, on Saturday morning in Lincoln, Neb.
The Shockers, playing with only five team members, were able to win the doubles point and three singles matches to claim victory. The win puts WSU at 1-1 for the season, while the Cowgirls fall to 0-1 overall.
Wyoming needed to win one of the three doubles matches to win the dual match-up, but unfortunately came up short. The Shockers won the doubles point winning the two matches they played. Amanda Cervantes teamed with Ana Exeni to defeat the Wyoming duo of Yuliani Santi and Jennifer Hancock, 8-6. Natalia Guzman and Wendi Webster paired up to beat Kati Gyulai and Patricia Chien, 8-4, to win the doubles point. WSU forfeited the remaining doubles match due to a shoulder injury to Cherise Stein.
On a positive note, at the No. 2 spot Yuliani Santi defeated Ana Exeni, 7-5, 6-2, while Patricia Chien won her match against Wendi Webster, 0-6, 7-6, 6-3. Amanda Cervantes of Wichita State won at the No. 1 spot defeating Kati Gyulai, 6-0, 6-2, while Natalia Guzman beat Jennifer Hancock at the No. 3 spot, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3. Wrapping up the victory for the Shockers was Genevieve Spink, earning her first collegiate victory. Spink defeated Megan Williams at the No. 5 spot, 6-3, 7-5.
"I felt everyone was a little bit nervous today in playing our first match," said head coach Pam Wildt. "We just need to play our matches point by point and take it one step at a time. Overall, the kids played really well, showed up and played very competitive tennis, so I was pleased with that. I'm also very pleased with their effort and hope we can build on this for tomorrow."
The Cowgirls will continue play tomorrow morning against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, at 9:00 a.m., in Lincoln.
1. Amanda Cervantes (WSU) def. Kati Gyulai (UW) 6-0, 6-2
2. Yuliani Santi (UW) def. Ana Exeni (WSU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Natalia Guzman (WSU) def. Jennifer Hancock 1-6, 7-6, 6-4
4. Patricia Chien (UW) def. Wendi Webster (WSU) 0-6, 7-6, 6-3
5. Genevieve Spink (WSU) def. Megan Williams (UW) 6-3, 7-5
1. Cervantes/Exeni (WSU) def. Santi/Hancock (UW) 8-6
2. Guzman/Webster (WSU) def. Gyulai/Chien (UW) 8-4