Cowgirl Tennis Bows 5-2 to Nationally Ranked SMU

March 13, 2002

Laramie, Wyo. - Despite a valiant effortthe University of Wyoming women's tennis team dropped itsfirst home match of the spring Wednesday, a 5-2 decision indual play to no. 62 Southern Methodist University at the UWIndoor Tennis Complex.

"We can play right with these ranked teams and we showedthat again tonight," Cowgirl coach Pam Wildt said."We've struggled with injuries all year and we'restill not at full strength. SMU is a good team and we werestill right with them."

The match got off to a promising start for the Cowgirlswith sophomores Jenny Bowman and Jen Hancock defeatingSMU's Kit Carson and Jenny Langer 8-4 in number-onedoubles.

"Both of them are playing really well right now," Wildtsaid of the duo that now stands 11-3 on the season innumber-one doubles action. "Jenny Bowman is just one of akind. She's such a competitor and she always does whateverit takes to get the job done. That attitude has reallyhelped Jen (Hancock). She's playing with a lot ofconfidence right now."

The Mustangs, however, stormed back to take both thenumber-two and number-three doubles matches and establish a1-0 lead. Lynsie Jones and Sana Cortas topped CowgirlsPaulina del Monte and Yuliani Santi 8-6 in the secondposition while Allison Leuszler and Siayareh Rambally beatKati Gyulai and Ivana Milosevic 8-3 in number-three doubles.

The Cowgirls tied the affair at 1-1 with Bowman's 6-3,6-1 win over Carson in number-one singles play. The victorypushed Bowman's record to a sterling 14-3 on the seasonand extended her winning streak to six straight matches.

"I didn't feel like I played great tennis today,"Bowman said. "I think the altitude kind of had an effectand she got a little tired. I just did what I needed to doto get the win."

Hancock picked up UW's other singles win with a dramatic7-5, 6-7, 6-2 three-set thriller over Leuszler in thenumber-three position.

"I finally woke up a little in the third set," Hancocksaid. "I made some mistakes in the second set, but Iplayed better and definitely hit some better shots in thethird."

SMU's Langer topped Santi 6-4, 6-4 in number-two singles,Jones beat del Monte 6-3, 6-1 in the number-four spot,Rambally topped Gyulai 6-2, 6-1 in number-five singles andCortas won at the number-six spot, beating Milosevic 6-0,6-1.

"We're right on the edge of beating these rankedteams," Wildt said. "We just need one good win to pushus over that hump."

COMPLETE MATCH RESULTS

SINGLES
1. Bowman (WYO) def. Carson (SMU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Langer (SMU) def. Santi (WYO) 6-4, 6-4
3. Hancock (WYO) def. Leuszler (SMU) 7-5, 6-7, 6-2
4. Jones (SMU) def. del Monte (WYO) 6-3, 6-1
5. Rambally (SMU) def. Gyulai (WYO) 6-2, 6-1
6. Cortas (SMU) def. Milosevic (WYO) 6-0, 6-1

DOUBLES
1. Bowman/Hancock (WYO) def. Carson/Langer (SMU) 8-4
2. Jones/Cortas (SMU) def. del Monte/Santi (WYO) 8-6
3. Leuszler/Rambally (SMU) def. Gyulai/Milosevic (WYO) 8-3