March 7, 2010
EL PASO, Texas -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Tennis team (6-2 overall), completed their weekend of action with their second straight shutout victory, defeating the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames (9-2 overall), 7-0, on Sunday morning.
"We performed better with each match this weekend and it is good to come home with three wins," UW Head Coach Kati Gyulai said after the weekend of action.
While extending their winning streak to four matches, the Cowgirls also halted the Flames six match-winning streak. For the second time in as many days the Cowgirls defeated their opponent in all nine matches.
In doubles, Cowgirl teams improved their records to 2-1 for the weekend. Simona Synkova and Kim van Ginkel started the match with a close, 9-7, win over Flames Mariya Kovaleva and Kristen McPhilips. Wyoming's number two doubles team Rebecca Berger and Alexandra Kovacs defeated Elena Antakova and Ilinca Crstescu, 8-6. The number three doubles match pitted Cowgirls Sarah Summerfield and Sasa Nemcova against Flames Amy Jellish and Jenna Reisch. Summerfield and Nemcova also played a close match but would win, 8-6.
Wyoming's Summerfield started out singles with a straight sets win over Kovaleva, 6-2, 6-3. The number two match of the day featuring Cowgirl Kovacs and Flame Cristescu would be the first of two singles matches to go to three sets. Kovacs lost the first set, 7-5, but would rally to win the final two sets, 6-3, 10-4. Synkova for UW picked up a straight sets win over McPhillips, 6-1, 6-1. Cowgirl Berger would play the second three set match of the day against Antakova in the number three singles position. Berger would be defeated in the first set 6-4, but like Kovacs, she would rally to win the final two sets, 6-1, 10-5. The final two matches of the day would see straight set wins by Cowgirls Nemcova and Paloma Navarro. Nemcova would defeat UIC's Jellish, 6-2, 6-3. Navarro in her first match of the weekend would defeat Reisch, 6-1, 6-1, concluding Wyoming's second consecutive shut out.
Today's singles action saw Cowgirls Summerfield, Synkova, Berger and Nemcova, improve their singles records to 3-0 on the weekend road trip. Wyoming's van Ginkel did not play singles on Sunday, but posted a 2-0 record on Friday and Saturday. Cowgirl Kovacs did not fall short for Wyoming posting a winning record of 2-1. Navarro would play her only match of the weekend Sunday posting a 1-0 record.
"We are winning matches at every position in the line-up, that is what really matters in these victories," Gyulai added. "We are hoping to gain momentum with these wins as we head to California in a next week."
The Cowgirls will be taking this next weekend off, but will be looking to post their best start ever at, 7-2, as they travel to California for a weekend of action on Thursday, March 18. The Cowgirls will travel first to Bakersfield, Calif. to take on the California State-Bakersfield Roadrunners, beginning at 12 p.m. Mountain Time.
DoublesNo. 1 Synkova-van Ginkel (UW) def. Kovaleva-McPhillips (UIC), 9-7No. 2 Berger-Kovacs (UW) def. Antakova-Cristescu (UIC), 8-6No. 3 Summerfield-Nemcova (UW) def. Jellish-Reisch (UIC), 8-6
SinglesNo. 1 Sarah Summerfield (UW) def. Mariya Kovaleva (UIC), 6-2,6-3No. 2 Alexandra Kovacs (UW) def. Ilinca Cristescu (UIC), 5-7, 6-3, 10-4No. 3 Simona Synkova (UW) def. Kristen McPhillips (UIC), 6-1,6-1No. 4 Rebecca Berger (UW) def. Elena Antakova (UIC), 4-6, 6-1, 10-5No. 5 Sasa Nemcova (UW) def. Amy Jellish (UIC), 6-2,6-3No. 6 Paloma Navarro (UW) def. Jenna Reisch (UIC), 6-1, 6-1