Cowgirl Tennis Wins Final Home Match

April 16, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming CowgirlTennis team defeated the Air Force Falcons today 5-4 at the UW TennisCourts. It was the last home match of the season for the Cowgirls, whoare now 8-9 in dual matches. The Falcons fell to 15-6 overall with the loss.

Senior Shirley Mendoza's No. 5 singles match was arguably the mostexciting match of the day. With the Cowgirls down 2-3, Mendoza facedAFA's Julie Weiss. Mendoza won the first set 7-5, lostthe second set 6-3, and then pulled out the win with a score of 7-5 inthe third set. Mendoza's win tied up the team score 3-3 going intodoubles.

In doubles the Cowgirls have struggled throughout the year, but todaythe No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams pulled out wins, giving UW theteam victory. Shirley Mendozaand Melanie Roberts in No. 1 doubles defeated Julie Weiss and KelliO'Bryant 8-2, and in No. 2 doubles, Sofi Espinosa and Sarah Kay pulledout a win over Nadine Lynn and Ashley Gee 8-5.

"We knew what to expect from Air Force," said coach Pam Davis after thematch. "We knew that they would come out and play with a lot ofintensity, especially after the loss yesterday in Ft. Collins.

"I'm so proud of the girls and the intensity that we played withtoday. Shirley and Angela both pulled out tough matches, after beingdown. I thought the senior leadership was great, with Shirley andMelanie both winning their matches."

The Cowgirls will be in Ft. Collins, Colorado next to take on the Colorado State Rams,April 21 at 2:00 PM. They will then be traveling to Las Vegas,Nevada to play the UNLV Running Rebels, before competing in the firstever Mountain West Conference Tennis Championships April 27-29, 2000.

Singles1. Melanie Roberts (UW) vs. Kristel Chuntraruk   W 6-3, 6-32. Sarah Kay (UW) vs. Brooke Parsons     L  7-6, 7-53. Sofi Espinosa (UW) vs. Nadine Lynn     L  6-3, 6-34. Shirley Mendoza (UW) vs. Julie Weiss    W 7-5, 3-6, 7-55. Angela Dossetor (UW) vs. Ashley Gee    W 7-6, 6-26. Paulina del Monte (UW) vs. Kelli O'Bryant    L  6-3, 6-2

Doubles1. M. Roberts/Mendoza (UW) vs. Weiss/O'Bryant W 8-22. Kay/Espinosa (UW) vs. Lynn/Gee W 8-53. Dossetor/del Monte (UW) vs. Parsons/Shelby L 8-6