April 28, 2011
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
In the quarterfinal round of the 2011 MWC Tennis Championships, the Wyoming Tennis team (14-8 overall, 3-5 MWC) pulled out an exciting 4-3 victory over the 50th ranked San Diego State Aztecs (15-10 overall, 6-2 MWC), on Thursday morning in Ft. Collins. It's the first time since the 2009 season the Cowgirls have won a conference tournament match.
"One of the biggest things we talked about was winning the doubles point," said head coach Kati Gyulai. "We knew that San Diego State would come out ready to go in singles play, and they jumped out in several matches. We did a good job of fighting back especially Veronica and Simona. It was a tremendous effort today."
Wyoming started off things on a high note as they would win the all three double matches to take the first point of the day. Rebecca Berger and Alexandra Kovacs defeated Julia Wais and Alicia Aguilar, 8-6, followed by Simona Synkova and Kim van Ginkel over the Roxanne and Sierra Ellison, 8-4. The team of Carly Van Hollen and Veronica Popovici closed it out an 8-4 victory over Julia Trunk and Emma Cioffi.
It was a battle in singles play and it would come down to the final two matches to see who would come away with the victory. Wyoming's van Ginkel won the first match of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Emma Cioffi. SDSU earned their first point of the day as Sierra Ellison defeated Berger, 6-3, 6-3. Wins by Julia Wais over Alexandra Kovacs, 6-3, 6-2, and Roxanne Ellison against Sasa Nemcova, 6-2, 6-4, would give the Aztecs a 3-2 advantage. It would come down to the final two matches of the day with Simona Synkova and Veronica Popovici. In her match against Alicia Aguilar, Synkova lost in the opening set, 6-4, but came back to win the second set, 6-3. It was a tough battle in the third set between the two players as Synkova would pull out the third set, 7-6, (5), to win the match, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Popovici would need three sets in her match against Julia Trunk as well. After falling in the first set, 6-2, Popovici rebounded with a 6-4 win in the second set. The momentum carried over into the third set as she pulled out a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win to give the Cowgirls a 4-3 victory.
The Cowgirls will now move onto the semifinals and face the second seeded Utah Utes. The match is set for 9:00 a.m. at the University Tennis Courts in Ft. Collins.
#6 Wyoming Cowgirls 4, #50 #3 San Diego State Aztecs 3
1. Veronica Popovici (WYO) def. Julia Trunk (SDSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. Julia Wais (SDSU) def. Alexandra Kovacs (WYO) 6-3, 6-2
3. Simona Synkova (WYO) def. Alicia Aguilar (SDSU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5)
4. Kim van Ginkel (WYO) def. Emma Cioffi (SDSU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Sierra Ellison (SDSU) def. Rebecca Berger (WYO) 6-3, 6-3
6. Roxanne Ellison (SDSU) def. Sasa Nemcova (WYO) 6-2, 6-4
1. Synkova/van Ginkel (WYO) def. Roxanne Ellison/Sierra Ellison (SDSU) 8-4
2. Berger/Kovacs (WYO) def. Julia Wais/Alicia Aguilar (SDSU) 8-6
3. Van Hollen/Popovici (WYO) def. Julia Trunk/Emma Cioffi (SDSU) 8-4
#6 Wyoming Cowgirls 14-8 (3-5 MW)
#3 San Diego State Aztecs 15-10 (6-2 MW); National ranking #50
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,5,2,6,3,1)