Cowgirl Tennis Wraps Up Conference Play With 5-2 Win Over Air Force

April 21, 2012


The 60th ranked Wyoming Tennis team (13-8 overall, 5-2 MW) completed Mountain West play with a 5-2 victory over the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Saturday afternoon, in Colorado Springs.

"This was a good win in a hostile environment," said interim head coach Dean Clower. "I'm very proud of this team and the way they've competed all year long. This was a fitting end to the regular season. We are excited for the conference tournament to arrive and look forward to move into post season."

Wyoming jumped out early as they took two out of three doubles matches to earn the first point of the day. The team of Silviya Zhelyazkova and Jessica Parizher won the first match of the day over Christine Molina and Tiffany Tran, 8-4. They were followed by the 55th ranked team of Simona Synkova and Veronica Popovici who defeated Melissa Cecil and Tahlia Smoke, 8-6. The final team in action was Alexandra Kovacs and Sasa Nemcova who lost to Hannah Dake and Natasha Rizvi, 8-4.

The Cowgirls carried that momentum over into singles action with wins at the number one, three, five and six positions. Parizher earned the second point of the day with a win over Dake, 6-0, 6-2. Popovici followed with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Cecil while Kovacs notched the match for Wyoming by defeating Smoke 6-4, 6-2. Zhelyazkova was the other Cowgirl to earn a win, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (7) against Rizvi.

Wyoming will begin play at the Mountain West Tennis Championships, on Thursday, April 26, in San Diego. They finished tied for second but enter as the fourth seed due to tiebreaker scenarios. Their first match will be against the same Air Force Academy Falcons and will be played at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

#60 Wyoming 5, Air Force 2

1. #55 Veronica Popovici/Simona Synkova (WY) def. Melissa Cecil/Tahlia Smoke (AFA), 8-6
2. Hannah Dake/Natasha Rizvi (AFA) def. Alexandra Kovacs/Sasa Nemcova, 8-4
3. Silviya Zhelyazkova/Jessica Parizher (WY) def. Christine Molina/Tiffany Tran (AFA), 8-4

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Veronica Popovici (WY) def. Melissa Cecil (AFA), 6-0, 6-2
2. Christine Molina def. Simona Synkova (WY), 6-3, 6-2
3. Alexandra Kovacs (WY) def. Tahlia Smoke (AFA), 6-4, 6-2
4. Tiffany Tran (AFA) def. Sasa Nemcova (WY), 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-2)
5. Jessica Parizher (WY) def. Hannah Dake (AFA), 6-0, 6-2
6. Silviya Zhelyazkova (WY) def. Natasha Rizvi (AFA), 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)

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