Cowgirl Tennis Earns First Spring Season Win

Feb. 15, 2009

BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team earned their first victory of the spring season by a score of 4-3 against the Montana State Lady Cats, on Sunday morning, in Bozeman, Mont.

"We fought our way back and persevered," said UW head coach Kati Gyulai. "We were down in almost every singles match but kept fighting and believing. This was a great win for us today."

In doubles play, Montana State earned the team point by taking two out of three matches. UW's Sarah Summerfield and Carly Van Hollen started the day by defeating Stephanie Jasper and Ali Griffin, 8-4. Unfortunately, Cowgirls Rebecca Berger and Jamie Nelson lost the McKenzie Hilmer and Laura Villegas, 8-6.

At the number one spot in singles play, Summerfield started off well with a tough three set victory, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, over Jasper. Berger followed with a win by defeating Griffin, 6-1, 6-3. Van Hollen continued singles play with a win, 6-0, 6-4, against Villegas at the third position. The first loss of the day came in the number four spot as Carolina Chaix battled to a tough three set loss, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, against Hilmer. Nelson wrapped up the day with big three set win against Lauren Thigpen, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2.

The Cowgirls will now return to Laramie for their first home match of the season. Wyoming will host Portland State on Saturday, Feb. 28. The match is set to begin at 9 a.m.

Wyoming 4, Montana State 3

1. Summerfield, Sarah/Van Hollen, Carly (WY) def. Jasper, Stephanie/Griffin, Ali (MSU) 8-4
2. Hilmer, McKenzie/Villegas, Laura (MSU) def. Berger, Rebecca/Nelson, Jaime (WY) 8-6
3. De La Torre, Andrea/Coll, Jennifer (MSU) won by default

1. Summerfield, Sarah (WY) def. Jasper, Stephanie (MSU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. Berger, Rebecca (WY) def. Griffin, Ali (MSU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Van Hollen, Carly (WY) def. Villegas, Laura (MSU) 6-0, 6-4
4. Hilmer, McKenzie (MSU) def. Chaix, Carolina (WY) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
5. Nelson, Jaime (WY) def. Thigpen, Lauren (MSU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2
6. De La Torre, Andrea (MSU) by forfeit