Cowgirl Tennis Sweeps Weekend Duals

March 29, 1999


The University of Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team returned to action this past weekend on March 26 and 27 when they traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, for duals against Illinois State, St. Louis and Southern Illinois-Carbondale. The Cowgirls won the individual matches that they had to and came out of the weekend with three 5-4 victories.

The three wins by Wyoming raises their season record to 7-8 overall, 1-2 in WAC play. UW has now won six of their last seven dual matches.

UW played Illinois State on Friday, March 26th at 3:00 p.m., and then faced St. Louis on the 27th at 10:00 a.m. and Southern Illinois at 3:00 p.m.

Wyoming was led by the consistent singles play of Natalie Morozova (15-10) at the #2 position, Lisa Pruett (15-15) at the #4 spot and Shirley Mendoza(15-9) at the #5 singles slot. All three Cowgirls won all of their singles matches over the weekend. Morozova and doubles partner Melanie Roberts also won all three of their doubles matches.

Doubles were played first in all of the weekend's matches.

Wyoming will now have until the second weekend in April before they resume their spring season. On April 9, UW will be in Reno, Nevada, for a 2:00 p.m. dual against the University of Nevada-Reno. The following day, April 10, will pair the Cowgirls against WAC foe San Jose State in a 10:00 a.m. match, also in Reno. Then UW will finish the weekend verus Montana State, on Sunday, April 11, at 9:00 a.m. in Reno.

Quotes from head coach Kilmeny Waterman:

About the Illinois State match - "We were down 2-1 after starting with doubles and then really just came through in our singles matches. We had a lot of confidence in our singles matches. This was a very good win and kind of a turning point for us. Illinois State was one of the stronger teams that we've played and the girls just did a great job. The win gave us a good base for our other two matches this weekend."

About the Saturday matches - "It was a great weekend and we came out much better than we had even expected. They were all close matches but we really wanted it. The Southern Illinois match was very tiring but it was our desire that came through. I'm very excited."

Match Recap (Illinois State) 

#1 Singles: Sarah Kay (UW) defeated Naoko Moore (ISU) 7-5, 6-3#2 Singles: Natalie Morozova (UW) defeated Flor Karsai (ISU) 7-5, 6-2#3 Singles: Zarna Friganoeic (ISU) defeated Melanie Roberts (UW) 6-4, 6-2#4 Singles: Lisa Pruett (UW) defeated Jennifer Leita (ISU) 6-3, 6-1 #5 Singles: Shirley Mendoza (UW) defeated Bridget Varazze (ISU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0#6 Singles: Marisa Sostiak (ISU) defeated Amanda Roberts (UW) 6-3, 6-0

#1 Doubles: Karsai/Leita (ISU) defeated Kay/Pruett (UW) 8-2 #2 Doubles: Morozova/M.Roberts (UW) defeated Moore/Friganoeic (ISU) 9-8#3 Doubles: Varazze/Sostiak(ISU) defeated Mendoza/Lindsay McPhail (UW) 8-3

Final Score: Wyoming 5 Illinois State 4

Match Recap (St. Louis)

#1 Singles: Courtney Hague (StL) defeated Sarah Kay (UW) 6-2, 6-1#2 Singles: Natalie Morozova (UW) defeated Ingrid Habony (StL) 7-6, 6-2#3 Singles: Julie Siemers (StL) defeated Melanie Roberts (UW) 6-4, 6-2#4 Singles: Lisa Pruett (UW) defeated Eliza Gano (StL) 6-3, 6-3 #5 Singles: Shirley Mendoza (UW) defeated Audra Wilcox (StL) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3#6 Singles: Amanda Roberts (UW) defeated Heather Holzgrast (StL) 6-2, 6-4

#1 Doubles: Hague/Wilcox (StL) defeated Kay/Pruett (UW) 8-4 #2 Doubles: Morozova/M.Roberts (UW) defeated Habony/Gano (StL) 8-4#3 Doubles: Siemers/Holzgrast (StL) defeated Mendoza/Lindsay McPhail (UW) 8-5

Final Score: Wyoming 5 St. Louis 4

Match Recap (Southern Illinois)

#1 Singles: Simona Petrutia (SIU) defeated Sarah Kay (UW) 6-7, 6-4, 6-3#2 Singles: Natalie Morozova (UW) defeated Pamela Flores (SIU) 6-1, 6-2#3 Singles: Melanie Roberts (UW) defeated Erica Ochoa (SIU) 6-3, 6-2#4 Singles: Lisa Pruett (UW) defeated Jennifer Robison (SIU) 6-2, 6-2 #5 Singles: Shirley Mendoza (UW) defeated Taryn Esrock (SIU) 6-3, 6-2#6 Singles: Monica VillaReal (SIU) defeated Amanda Roberts (UW) 6-2, 6-1

#1 Doubles: Petrutia/Flores (SIU) defeated Kay/Pruett (UW) 8-2 #2 Doubles: Morozova/M.Roberts (UW) defeated Ochoa/Esrock (SIU) 8-3#3 Doubles: VillaReal/Carrie Krandal (SIU) defeated Mendoza/Lindsay McPhail (UW) 8-4

Final Score: Wyoming 5 Southern Illinois 4