April 17, 2004
Laramie, Wyoming -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Tennis team earned their first conference victory of the season with a 5-2 win over the Utah Utes, on Saturday morning, in Laramie. The Cowgirls move to 10-9 overall and 1-5 in the MWC, while the Utes drop to 7-15 overall and 1-5 in the MWC.
Wyoming opened up the match on a positive note by taking two of three doubles matches to earn the point. The number one team of Yuliani Santi and Amy Senko earned a 9-7 win over Sheri Esrock and Whitney Eber, while Patricia Chien and Karolina Rowinski defeated Jessica Watts and Cinthia Saucedo, 8-3. Unfortunately, Jennifer Hancock and Andrea House fell short, 8-4, to Rachel Alder and Jenessa Jackson.
In singles play, the Cowgirls wrapped up the match by taking four of the six matches. Sophomore Patricia Chien got things going with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Sheri Esrock at the number one position as did Karolina Rowinski with a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Rachel Alder. Andrea House won her match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3, against Jenessa Jackson, while Yuliani Santi took her match, 5-7, 6-3, (ret.), after Whitney Eber retired prior to the third set. Freshman Amy Senko lost a heartbreaker, 6-0, 0-6, 7-5, to Jessica Watts, while Jennifer Hancock fell to Cinthia Saucedo, 6-2, 7-5, to close out the match.
"We focused all year long on taking the doubles point and we had yet to do that during MWC play," said head coach Pam Wildt. "Today, we finally found the right combination and they stepped up, played well and it was a good first step for us. That momentum really carried into singles play and playing at home, which was a big key to this victory. The four, five and six positions are all played by freshmen and they really picked up their play today like they have all season. We fell short at number five singles, but the other two won critical matches for us. Overall, this was a huge win for us at home and hopefully that will carry into the next match.
"We feel going into next weekend that anything can happen. Besides New Mexico, there isn't a team that's been extremely overpowering in the MWC. We think as a team that we can play with anyone and we don't look at things like rankings or other things, but we have to try and focus as a team and see where that gets us."
The Cowgirls will play their final home match of the season next Friday, April 23 as they host the BYU Cougars. The match will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the UW Tennis Courts.
1. Patricia Chien (UW) def. Sheri Esrock (Utah), 6-1, 6-1
2. Yuliani Santi (UW) def. Whitney Eber (Utah), 5-7, 6-3, ret.
3. Cinthia Saucedo (Utah) def. Jennifer Hancock (UW), 6-2, 7-5
4. Karolina Rowinski (UW) def. Rachel Alder (Utah), 7-6, 6-2
5. Jessica Watts (Utah) def. Amy Senko (UW), 6-0, 0-6, 7-5
6. Andrea House (UW) def. Jenessa Jackson (Utah), 6-0, 6-3
1. Yuliani Santi/Amy Senko (UW) def. Esrock/Eber (Utah), 9-7
2. Karolina Rowinski/Patricia Chien (UW) def. Watts/Saucedo (Utah), 8-3
3. Alder/Jackson (Utah) def. Jennifer Hancock/Andrea House (UW), 8-4