Cowgirl Tennis Opens Up Spring Play With Loss

Feb. 2, 2008


The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team opened up the spring season with a 4-3 loss against the 50th ranked Washington State Cougars, on Friday morning, in Colorado Springs.

"I was very proud of the way we came out in our first match," said UW head coach Krissy Hall. "It came down to the final match of the day and how close we were to pulling off the upset. It really shows some composure by this team and hopefully this will give us some momentum for the rest of the weekend."

In doubles play, Washington State took the point by winning all three matches. The number one UW team of Rebecca Berger and Corina Lazar fell to Burduli and Kamendova, 8-4. Wyoming's Michelle Brown and Carly VanHollen lost in a close one 8-7 against Cekic and Stefanova, while the number three Cowgirl team of Jamie Nelson and Sarah Summerfield came up short against Nicolas and Selaru, 8-4.

The Cougars would win three matches to notch the victory despite the best efforts of the Cowgirls. Berger earned a 6-3, 7-6 (7) win over Alexsandra Stefanova at the number two spot. Brown also won her match against Bianca Selaru, 6-3, 6-4, as did Nelson over Marina Nicolas, 7-6 (7), 7-5. At the number one spot, Lazar fell in two sets, 6-0, 6-0, to Ekaterina Burduli, while Van Hollen also lost in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, against Ekaterina Kamendova. It came down to the number six match with Carolina Chaix and Jessica Gomez. After falling in the first set, 6-0, she came back to win the second 6-4. Unfortunately, Gomez would win the third 6-2 to earn the victory.

Wyoming will continue play Friday night against Colorado College and tomorrow afternoon against Denver.

Washington State 4 Wyoming 3

No. 1 Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) def. Corina Lazar (WY), 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 Rebecca Berger (WY) def. Alexsandra Stefanova (WSU), 6-3, 7-6 (7)
No. 3 Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) def. Carly VanHollen (WY), 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 Michelle Brown (WY) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU), 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 Jamie Nelson (WY) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU), 7-6 (7), 7-5
No. 6 Jessica Gomez (WSU) def. Carolina Chaix (WY), 6-0, 4-6, 6-2

No. 1 Burduli/Kamendova (WSU) def. Berger/Lazar (WY), 8-4
No. 2 Cekic/Stefanova (WSU) def. Brown/VanHollen (WY), 8-7
No. 3 Nicolas/Selaru (WSU) def. Nelson/Summerfield (WY), 8-4