Cowgirl Tennis Wraps Up Weekend With Victory

March 2, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team closed out the weekendwith a close 4-3 victory over the Portland State Vikings, on Sunday morning, in Portland. Wyoming nowmoves to 4-3 overall in dual play, while the Vikings dropped to 4-7 on the season.

The Cowgirls fell behind early in doubles play as the team of Katie Owens and Denise Cockrell defeatedYuliani Santi and Jen Hancock, 8-4. At the No. 2 doubles spot, the Wyoming team of Patricia Chien and KatiGyulai lost to Lisa Bessman and Katie Slizewski, 8-6 (9-8).

Wyoming would have to pull out four of five matches in singles play to earn the victory. Playing in theNo. 1 spot, freshman Patricia Chien defeated Katie Owens, 6-4, 6-4, while Yuliani Santi pulled of the straightset victory, 6-4, 6-1, over Katie Slizewski. It would come down to the three and four spots as Jen Hancockearned a 6-3, 6-3 win against Blaze Wadrum and senior Kati Gyulai defeated Denise Cockrell, 7-5, 7-6 (11-9),which gave the Cowgirls the win.

"After falling in doubles play, the kids really turned it on in their singles matches," said head coach PamWildt. "It was probably the best I'd seen them compete. They went after everything and really gave a greateffort. Overall, it was an impressive weekend for the No. 2 and 3 spots, especially being down already withonly five players. I'm just really proud of them."

The Cowgirls will on the road again this weekend in Colorado Springs. They will face UT Pan American,on Saturday night at 5:00 p.m., and then Southern Utah, Sunday morning, at 8:00 a.m.

Singles1. Patricia Chien (UW) def. Katie Owens (PSU), 6-4, 6-42. Yuliani Santi (UW) def. Katie Slizewski (PSU), 6-4, 6-13. Kati Gyulai (UW) def. Denise Cockrell (PSU), 7-5, 7-6 (11-9)4. Jen Hancock (UW) def. Blaze Wadrum (PSU), 6-3, 6-35. Lisa Bessman (PSU) def.Megan Williams (UW), 6-1, 6-26. default to Portland State

Doubles1. Owens/Cockrell (PSU) def. Santi/Hancock (UW), 8-42. Bessman/Slizewski (PSU) def. Gyulai/Chien (UW), 8-6 (9-8)3. default to Portland State