Cowgirl Tennis Closes Out Weekend With Victory

March 10, 2003

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team finished up the weekend with a 7-0 victory over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, on Sunday, in Colorado Springs.

The Cowgirls swept both the singles and doubles matches on the day to claim the victory. Wyoming now moves to 6-3 overall in dual play, while the Thunderbirds fall to 0-3 overall

Against a shorthanded Southern Utah team, the Cowgirls jumped out early in doubles play with a clean sweep as the No. 1 team of Yuliani Santi and Jen Hancock defeated Andee Durrant and Katie Zobrist, 8-1. At the No. 2 doubles spot, the Wyoming team of Patricia Chien and Kati Gyulai beat Mandie Walker and Vanessa Kawasaki, 8-4.

Wyoming won five matches in singles play to earn the victory. Playing in the No. 1 spot, freshman Patricia Chien defeated Andee Durrant in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, while Yuliani Santi earned a 3-6, 3-2 (ret.) victory after her opponent Katie Zobrist retired in the match. Senior Kati Gyulai won at the No. 3 spot, 6-0, 6-1 over Mandie Walker and Jen Hancock rebounded with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Vanessa Kawasaki. Freshman Megan Williams closed out the match with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Crystal Holt.

"To win the last six of seven matches is a huge accomplishment for this program," said head coach Pam Wildt. "I feel they are playing confidence not only as individuals, but as a team. As we head for our Hawai'i trip, we will have to make adjustments in playing our first matches outdoors since October. We will have a couple of days of practice before we compete to help us prepare for a different playing environment. These next four matches will definitely be a plus in helping us prepare for the conference season."

The women's tennis team will be in action against several opponents next week in Honolulu, Hawai'i. They will face Chaminade, West Virginia, Sacramento State and Hawai'i starting Sunday March 16.

Singles
1. Patricia Chien (UW) def. Andee Durrant (SUU), 6-2, 6-2
2. Yuliani Santi (UW) def. Katie Zobrist (SUU), 3-6, 3-2 (ret.)
3. Kati Gyulai (UW) def. Mandie Walker (SUU), 6-0, 6-1
4. Jen Hancock (UW) def. Vanessa Kawasaki (SUU), 6-1, 6-0
5. Megan Williams (UW) def. Crystal Holt (SUU), 6-2, 6-4
6. default to Wyoming

Doubles
1. Santi/Hancock (UW) def.Durrant/Zobrist (SUU), 8-1
2. Chien/Gyulai (UW) def. Walker/Kawasaki (SUU), 8-4
3. default to Wyoming