Sept. 11, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In a day that was affected by the weather, the Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team started their fall season with some good doubles wins on Thursday at the Wyoming Cowgirl Invitational in Laramie. Colorado State, Montana State, Northern Colorado, Weber State and Wyoming are all competing in the Invitational.
"It was a good start for us and we were able to play a good amount of tennis," said new UW head coach Kati Gyulai. "Under the circumstances with the weather, I felt the players really battled through each match. We still have a lot of room for improvement, but we will work on those things the rest of the weekend and practice next week."
In doubles play, the Wyoming teams of Rebecca Berger and Sarah Summerfield, along with Brittney DeFelice and Carly Van Hollen had solid matches. Berger and Summerfield defeated Kirsten Stople and Tori Arneson (Colorado State), 8-4, and Tabatha Knop and Manuela Santos (Northern Colorado), 8-4. Unfortunately, they fell short 8-6 against the team of Laura Neal and Anette Pohjalainen of CSU. DeFelice and Van Hollen also won their first two matches, 8-6, over Tiffany Knop and Hannah La Forest of Northern Colorado and 8-5 against Stephanie Jasper and Missy Harris of Montana State. They too fell short with an 8-3 loss to McKenzie Hilmer and Ali Griffin of Montana State.
In other doubles action, Cowgirls Jamie Nelson and Virginia Iwinski fell to Katie Brown and Greer Satherlie (CSU), 9-7, as did UW's Carolina Chaix and Ronnie Spencer against Luiza Xavier and Jill Kappel (UNC), 8-2.
The conclusion of doubles action and the beginning of singles play will begin tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.