Wyoming Tennis Pulls Out Thrilling Quarterfinal Win, 4-3, Against Fresno State

April 26, 2013


In their opening quarterfinal match of the 2013 MW Tennis Championships, the sixth seeded Wyoming Tennis team took it down to the final match to earn a 4-3 victory over the 53rd ranked and third seeded Fresno State Bulldogs. It's the third year in a row that the Cowgirls are advancing to the semifinals of the tournament.

"This team once again fought to the bitter end," said head coach Dean Clower. "I'm so proud of each of these young ladies and the all-out effort they played with today and all year long. I have to give credit to Fresno State for a great match and to senior Alexandra Kovacs who just had another gear in the final set. We will enjoy this but tomorrow we get back to work again."

Wyoming took the lead early as they would win two out of three doubles matches to win the first point of the day. Olga Kirpicheva and Aishwarya Agrawal won the first match with an 8-3 win against Jessica Parizher and Silviya Zhelyazkova. The number one team of Veronica Popovici and Simona Synkova defeated Melissa McQueen and Rana Sherif Ahmed by the same score 8-3. Alexandra Kovacs and Sasa Nemcova would clinch the point for the Cowgirls as they held onto to take an 8-6 victory over Sophie Watts and Bianca Modoc.

It was quite a battle in singles action as it came went down to the final match of the day to which team came away with the victory. Olga Kirpicheva beat Zhelyazkova, 6-4, 6-3, followed by Modoc with a tough three set win, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, against Parizher to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. They would extend their advantage as Nemcova won the first set, 7-5, over McQueen, but fell in the final two, 6-3, 6-2.

The Cowgirls showed some determination in the final three matches of the day. Veronica Popovici lost 6-3 in her first set against Agrawal. She answered back by taking the next two sets, 6-4, 6-3. They would pull even at three in the match between Synkova and Sophie Watts. After falling in set one, 6-4, Synkova 7-6 (7-5) in the second set and took the third easily 6-2. The final match-up was at the number two position with Alexandra Kovacs and Rana Sherif Ahmed. Kovacs looked solid as she took set one, 7-5. Sherif Ahmed, who earned MW Freshman of the Year honors last night, responded with a 7-5 win in the second set. She carried that momentum over to set three as she took an early 3-0 lead. Kovacs battled back as she won the next three of four games to pull to 3-4. Fresno State won the next game giving them a 5-3 advantage. The senior showed some grit and determination as she rallied back and won four straight games to pull out the third set, 7-5, and the match for the Cowgirls, 4-3.

Wyoming returns to action tomorrow morning against the second seed UNLV Rebels. The match is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The Cowgirls and the Rebels played last week in the season finale with Wyoming pulling out a 4-2 win.

Tennis Match Results
April 26, 2013 at USAFA, Colo.
(6) Wyoming 4, (3) Fresno State 3

Singles competition
1. Veronica Popovici (WYO) def. Aishwarya Agrawal (FSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. Alexandra Kovacs (WYO) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FSU) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
3. Simona Synkova (WYO) def. Sophie Watts (FSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
4. Melissa McQueen (FSU) def. Sasa Nemcova (WYO) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
5. Bianca Modoc (FSU) def. Jessica Parizher (WYO) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
6. Olga Kirpicheva (FSU) def. Silviya Zhelyazkova (WYO) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Popovici/Synkova (WYO) def. McQueen/Sherif Ahmed (FSU) 8-3
2. Kovacs/Nemcova (WYO) def. Watts/Modoc (FSU) 8-6
3. Kirpicheva/Agrawal (FSU) def. Parizher/Zhelyazkova (WYO) 8-3