Cowgirl Tennis Earns 4-3 Win over Titans

March 20, 2014


The Wyoming tennis team earned impressive 4-3 victory over the Cal State Fullerton Titans, on Thursday afternoon. It snapped a three-match losing streak for the Cowgirls. Senior Veronica Popovici also became the all-time leader in doubles wins with 83 for her career.

"We put it all together today," said head coach Dean Clower. "As a team we were one solid unit getting after it. When we play as a team we are tough to beat. I'm proud of the players for sticking with the process and believing in it."

Wyoming went on top in the match early by winning the doubles point. The Titans won the first match of the day as Megan Sandford and Alexis Valenzuela defeated Christa Gecheva and Alma Espinosa, 8-2. Veronica Popovici and Jessica Parizher beat Morgan McIntosh and Camille De Leon, 8-2, while Dorottya Jonas and Alena Vasileva clinched the point with an 8-3 win over Kalika Slevcoe and Melanie Abella.

"A big congratulations to Veronica who is now the Cowgirl all-time leader in both singles and doubles. She has been a key factor in taking the program to the next level."

In singles play, the bottom half of the line-up proved to be a key in the Cowgirls victory. At the number four position, Gecheva put UW up 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sandford followed by Silviya Zhelyazkova who defeated Slevcoe, 6-1, 6-2. Vasileva earned the fourth and winning point with her straight set victory, 6-2, 6-2, over Jessica Pepa.

The final three matches all needed three sets to determine a winner. McIntosh defeated Jonas, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6, while Popovici won the first set 6-2, but came up short 6-3, 6-1 against Valenzuela. De Leon beat Parizher, 6-2, 3-6, 4-1 to close out the match.

The Cowgirls wrap up the week on Saturday, March 22, as they take on the UC Irvine Anteaters. The match is set for 12:00 p.m. MT in Irvine.

Tennis Match Results
Wyoming vs Cal State Fullerton
Mar 20, 2014 at Fullerton, Calif.
(Titan Tennis Courts)
Wyoming 4, Cal State Fullerton 3

1. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. Veronica Popovici (WYO) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Morgan McIntosh (CSF) def. Dorottya Jonas (WYO) 6-4, 3-6, 10-6
3. Camille De Leon (CSF) def. Jessica Parizher (WYO) 6-2, 3-6, 4-1
4. Christa Gecheva (WYO) def. Megan Sandford (CSF) 6-2, 6-3
5. Silviya Zhelyazkova (WYO) def. Kalika Slevcoe (CSF) 6-1, 6-2
6. Alena Vasileva (WYO) def. Jessica Pepa (CSF) 6-2, 6-2

1. Veronica Popovici/Jessica Parizher (WYO) def. Morgan McIntosh/Camille De Leon (CSF) 8-2
2. Megan Sandford/Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. Christa Gecheva/Alma Espinosa (WYO) 8-2
3. Dorottya Jonas/Alena Vasileva (WYO) def. Kalika Slevcoe/Melanie Abella (CSF) 8-3

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,5,6,2,1,3)