Wyoming Tennis Falls Against Cougars, 5-2

April 9, 2011

PROVO, Utah -

The 72nd ranked Cowgirl Tennis team (10-6 overall, 0-3 in MWC) opened up the weekend with a 5-2 loss against the BYU Cougars (7-8 overall, 2-1 in MWC) on Saturday in Provo.

"We had a slow start with the doubles," said head coach Kati Gyulai. "When you do that, you need to win four singles matches and that's hard to do against good teams. We battled hard but credit to BYU for getting the job done. Tomorrow is an new opportunity for us and we will bounce back against Utah."

In doubles action, the Cougars won two out of three matches to take the first point of the day. The only doubles team to come away with a win was Rebecca Berger and Alexandra Kovacs who defeated Elizaveta Ezhova and Desiree Tran, 8-4. In other action, Megan Price and Callie Craig defeated Simona Synkova and Kim van Ginkel, 8-3, and Elle Carney and Aubrey Paul earned an 8-1 victory over Veronica Popovici and Carly Van Hollen, 8-1.

BYU took two of the six matches in order to seal the victory. At the number one position Veronica Popovici earned a straight set win, 6-3, 6-4, over Megan Price. The other Cowgirl to win on the day was Kim van Ginkel who defeated Desiree Tran, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Elle Carney defeated Simona Synkova, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, as did Callie Craig over Alexandra Kovacs, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. In the other two matches of the day, Elizaveta Ezhova won over Sasa Nemcova, 6-1, 6-4, and Aubrey Paul wrapped it up with a 6-3, 1-6 (10-8) victory against Carly Van Hollen.

Wyoming will close out the weekend tomorrow against the Utah Utes. The match is set for 11:00 a.m.

BYU 5, #72 Wyoming 2

1. Price/Craig (BYU) def. Synkova/van Ginkel (UW) 8-3
2. Berger/Kovacs (UW) def. Ezhova/Tran (BYU) 8-4
3. Carney/Paul (BYU) def. Popovici/Van Hollen (UW) 8-1

Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1. Veronica Popovici (UW) def. Megan Price (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Callie Craig (BYU) def. Alexandra Kovacs (UW) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
3. Elle Carney (BYU) def. Simona Synkova (UW) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
4. Kim van Ginkel (UW) def. Desiree Tran (BYU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU) def. Sasa Nemcova (UW) 6-1, 6-4
6. Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Carly Van Hollen (UW) 6-3, 1-6, (10-8)

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