Cowgirl Tennis Overcomes Utah, 4-3

April 5, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The University of Wyomingwomen's tennis team wrote a bit of history Fridayafternoon with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Mountain WestConference rival Utah at the UW Tennis Complex.

With the win the Cowgirls defeated Utah for the first timesince the program's inception in 1996. It was also theCowgirls' first-ever regular season dual match MWC win,and the program's first regular season conference victorysince beating Air Force 5-4 on March 11, 1999 when bothschools were members of the Western Athletic Conference.

UW beat AFA again, winning 5-4 in Laramie April 16, 2000.And though both schools had joined the MWC by then, therewasn't an official conference schedule in place and thevictory was not recognized as an official conference win.

"This one's been a long time coming," Cowgirl headcoach Pam Wildt said. "The kids have worked and worked sohard. Getting that monkey off our back was a huge stepforward. We needed this win really bad. The kids realizedwhat was at stake and they stepped up and played great."

After the sophomore tandem of Jenny Bowman and Jen Hancockdowned Allison Hansen and Irini Kotoglou 9-7 in number-onedoubles, Cowgirls Yuliani Santi and Paulina del Monterallied from a 5-2 deficit to take a 9-8 thriller over LinnRonnberg and Sheri Esrock and give the Cowgirls the doublespoint for just the third time this season and a 1-0 leadheading into singles play.

"That was huge for us," Wildt said. "We've reallystruggled with getting doubles point all season, andthat's been the difference in a lot of matches. Paulinaand Yuliani really fought back hard and gave us a lot ofmomentum."

With the doubles point in the bag, UW (6-9, 1-2 MWC) took a2-0 lead with Bowman's 6-4, 6-4 win over Ronnberg innumber-one singles play. Hancock defeated Cassie Kasteler6-1, 6-4 in the number-three position, but Utah rallied forwins in number-two, number-four and number-five singles.With the match tied 3-3, Cowgirl junior Kati Gyulai beat AliHansen 6-0, 6-4 to give UW the decisive point and lift theCowgirls to victory.

"Kati understood the situation and understand what shewas going into," Wildt said. "The pressure was on, butshe relaxed and played a great match. She handles pressurevery well."

The Cowgirls continue their longest homestand of the seasonover the weekend, hosting BYU, a 4-3 winner over CSU at theUW Tennis Complex Friday, in an 11 a.m. tilt Saturday. Utahand CSU also meet up Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. at the UWTennis Complex.

"This was a great way to start the weekend," Wildtsaid. "We broke through and got that conference win andnow the monkey's off our back. Our kids are competitors,and we're over the mental part now. They realize they cancompete with these teams."

*NOTE THE STARTING TIME FOR SATURDAY'S MATCHES HAS CHANGEDFROM 1 P.M. TO 11 A.M.

Complete Match Results:

Wyoming vs. Utah

SINGLES
1. Jenny Bowman (WYO) def. Linn Ronnberg (Utah) 6-4, 6-4
2. Sheri Esrock (Utah) def. Yuliani Santi (WYO) 6-2, 6-2
3. Jen Hancock (WYO) def. Cassie Kasteler (Utah) 6-1, 6-4
4. Ellen Svensson (Utah) def. Paulina del Monte (WYO) 6-4, 6-1
5. Irini Kotoglou (Utah) def. Toni Terhaar (WYO) 6-2, 6-4
6. Kati Gyulai (WYO) def. Ali Hansen (Utah) 6-0, 6-4

DOUBLES
1. Bowman/Hancock (WYO) def. Hansen/Kotoglou (Utah) 9-7
2. Santi/del Monte (WYO) def. Ronnberg/Esrock (Utah) 9-8
3. Kasteler/Svennson (Utah) def. Terhaar/Gyulai (WYO) 8-2

BYU vs. CSU

SINGLES
1. Sanja Hansson (CSU) def. Lu Oswald (BYU) 6-1, 0-6, 6-3
2. Amanda Bartz (CSU) def. Lindsay Ferrell (BYU) 7-6, 6-2
3. Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Catherine Sullivan (CSU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Bobbe Vasos (CSU) def. Brooke Beverley (BYU) 1-6, 4-3 (retired)
5. Dominique Reynolds (BYU) def. Dasha Zhurin (CSU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Elizaveta Khoudoiarova (BYU) def. Alexandra Paganetti (CSU) 6-2, 7-5

DOUBLES
1. Reynolds/Beverley (BYU) def. Hansson/Sullivan (CSU) 8-3
2. Bartz/Vasos (CSU) def. Ferrell/Oswald (BYU) 8-6
3. Khoudoiarova/Pike (BYU) def. Paganetti/Zhurin (CSU) 8-4