Wyoming Tennis Ends Road Trip with 5-2 Loss against 23rd Ranked UC Irvine

March 24, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. -

The Cowgirl tennis team wrapped up their weekend with a 5-2 loss against the 23rd ranked UC Irvine Anteaters, on Sunday morning, in Irvine. They are now 7-7 overall and 1-0 in MW play this spring.

"We lost a tough battle today," said head coach Dean Clower. "I was proud overall at the way we competed all week. We gave UC Irvine all they wanted and came up short. We have to take the good from today and learn from the mistakes. We are a very deep team and look forward to conference play."

The Cowgirls could only manage to win one doubles match as the Anteaters took two of three to earn the first point of the day. In the first match of the day Veronica Popovici and Simona Synkova fell to the 55th ranked team of Fransizka Goettsching and Kristina Smith, 8-3. The number two team of Alexandra Kovacs and Sasa Nemcova defeated Marivick Maiit and Sarah Stadfelt, 8-3, to even things up, but Ali Facey and Sarah Gong beat Jessica Parizher and Silviya Zhelyazkova, 8-6 to earn the point.

In singles action, Smith won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, over Synkovato put UC Irivne ahead, 2-0. At the number three spot, Kovacs fell to Goettsching, 6-2, 6-3 followed by Gong earning a 6-2, 6-3 win against Nemcova. Veronica Popovici won the first point of the day for the Cowgirls with her 6-0, 7-6 (10) victory over Mamiit. The Anteaters clinched the match as Ali Facey battled Parizher to a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win. In the final match of the day, Zhelyazkova lost in the first set 6-2, but came back 6-3, 10-8 to defeat Stadfelt.

Wyoming will return home for their final home match of the season next weekend. They will host the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday, March 30, at 11:00 a.m.

#23 UC Irvine 5, University of Wyoming 2

1. No. 101 Kristina Smith (UCI) def. Simona Synkova (WY), 6-3, 6-1
2. Veronica Popovici (WYO) def. Marivick Mamiit (UCI), 6-0, 7-6 (10)
3. Franziska Goettsching (UCI) def. Alexandra Kovacs (WY), 6-2, 6-3
4. Sarah Gong (UCI) def. Sasa Nemcova (WY), 6-2, 6-3
5. Ali Facey (UCI) def. Jessica Parizher (WY), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4)
6. Silviya Zhelyazkova (WY) def. Sarah Stadfelt (UCI), 2-6, 6-3, (10-8)

Order of finish: 1, 3, 4, 2, 5, 6

1. No. 55 Goettsching/Smith (UCI) def. Popovici/Synkova (WY), 8-3
2. Kovacs/Nemcova (WY) def. Mamiit/Stadfelt (UCI), 8-3
3. A. Facey/Gong (UCI) def. Parizher/Zhelyazkova (WY), 8-6

Order of finish: 1, 2, 3