Cowgirl Tennis Open Up Weekend with Dominating Victory

April 9, 2010

Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming Tennis team (10-5 overall, 1-1 MWC) opened up the weekend of action on Friday with a 7-0 sweep of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (6-10 overall), at UW tennis complex.

"This was a good match for us to start the weekend off with the next two matches coming up in conference play," said UW head coach Kati Gyulai following the match. "I thought the conditions were really difficult, the wind was blowing and it was a little cold, but we played well in it."

The Cowgirls opened up the home stand by winning all nine matches against the Fighting Sioux, including all three doubles matches. At the number one position, Kim van Ginkel and Simona Synkova defeated Erin Kappers and Hallie Welk, 8-2. The second doubles match pitted Cowgirls Sarah Summerfield and Paloma Navarro against Emma Larson and Katie Callison, with UW coming out on top, 8-1. The final doubles match of the day saw Alexandra Kovacs and Sasa Nemcova defeat Megan Sween and Chelsey Galipeau, 8-1.

The strong start for the Cowgirls in doubles would set the tone for the match as they won all six singles matches in straight sets. At the number four spot, Cowgirl van Ginkel started UW off right with a shut out win over Larson, 6-0, 6-0. Following behind van Ginkel, Wyoming's number six Navarro defeated Sween, 6-0, 6-1. Synkova played a back and forth match against Welk, which she would come away with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. Finishing next was Wyoming's number two Kovacs who defeated Kappers, 6-3, 6-1. Just after Kovcas, Cowgirl Nemcova finished off her opponent, 6-2, 6-3, Chelsey Galipeau. The final match featuring Summerfield and Callison would have more meaning than just sealing the sweep for the Cowgirls. Summerfield defeated Callison in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. With her victory today, she passed Andrea House, and moved into sole possession of first place on the Cowgirls all-time singles wins list with 65.

"We are very happy for Sarah (Summerfield), she knew the pressure was on today, but she played like the schools all-time wins leader," added Gyulai. "This is a very well deserved award for her, and hopefully she can keep winning to set the bar even higher."

Today's shutout win, the sixth of the season, also adds to the Cowgirls school record number of single season shut out wins.

Wyoming will continue their weekend of home action, as they take on conference rival BYU tomorrow with the match beginning at 10 a.m. Weather permitting the match will be played again at UW's outdoor tennis courts.

No. 1 Kim van Ginkel-SimonaSynkova (UW) def. Erin Kappers-Hallie Welk (UND), 8-2
No. 2 Sarah Summerfield-Paloma Navarro (UW) def Emma Larson-Katie Callison (UND), 8-1
No. 3 Alexandra Kovacs-Sasa Nemcova (UW) def Megan Sween-Chelsey Galipeau (UND), 8-1

No. 1 Summerfield (UW) def Callison (UND), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Kovacs (UW) def Kappers (UND), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 Synkova (UW) def Welk (UND), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 van Ginkel (UW) def Larson (UND), 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 Nemcova (UW) def Galipeau (UND), 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 Navarro (UW) def Sween (UND), 6-0, 6-1