April 6, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The Cowgirl tennis team closed out the weekend with a tough 5-2 loss against the New Mexico Lobos, on Sunday morning. UW is now 7-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
"Congratulations to New Mexico who out played us on a few lines," said head coach Dean Clower. "We have had a good start to conference play, but need to be more detailed in some areas. The team has come a long way with more matches to come."
Wyoming fell behind early in the match as they could only come away with one doubles victory. Veronica Popovici and Dorottya Jonas won 8-6 over Michaela Bezdickova and Lizette Blankers at the number one spot. The Lobos would follow that up with two wins at the second and third positions. Natasha Smith and Domiique Dulski defeated Alma Espinosa and Christa Gecheva, 8-2, while Rachana Bhat and Susan Baklini earned the point 8-3 over Alena Vasileva and Silviya Zhelyazkova.
In singles action, New Mexico took four of six matches on the day. Popovici gave UW their first point of the day with a straight set win, 6-0, 6-1, over Bezdickova, while Zhelyazkova was the other Cowgirl to win a point on the day. She would fall in the first set 7-5, but rallied back to win the match 6-4, 1-0 (11-9) against Meredith Hopson. Jonas came up short in three sets, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (10-8) with Blankers, while Gecheva lost to Smith, 6-4, 6-1. UNM closed out the match with Dulski defeating Vasileva, 7-5, 6-1, and Bhat over Espinosa, 6-4, 6-1.
Wyoming will return home next week for their final two home matches. They will host Boise State, on Friday, April 11, and the Utah State Aggies, on Sunday, April 13.
UNM vs Wyoming
Linda Estes Tennis Complex
NEW MEXICO 5 WYOMING 2
1.Veronica Popovici (UW) def. Michaela Bezdickova (UNM), 6-0, 6-1
2.Lizette Blankers (UNM) def. Dorottya Jonas (UW), 6-1, 6-7 (3), 10-8 (1-0)
3.Silviya Zhelyazkova (UW) def. Meredith Hopson (UNM), 5-7, 6-4, 11-9 (1-0)
4.Natasha Smith (UNM) def. Christa Gecheva (UW), 6-4, 6-1
5.Dominique Dulski (UNM) def. Alena Vasileva (UW), 7-5, 6-1
6.Rachana Bhat (UNM) def. Alma Espinosa (UW), 6-4, 6-1
1.Popovici/Jonas (UW) def. Bezdickova/Blankers (UNM), 8-6
2.Smith/Dulski (UNM) def. Gecheya/Espinosa (UW), 8-2
3.Bhat/Baklini (UNM) def. Vasileva/Zhelyazkova (UW), 8-3