Rain Shortens First Day of Wyoming Invitational

Sept. 14, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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It was a rain shortened day on Friday for the Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team during their first day of competition of the University of Wyoming Invitational in Laramie. Air Force, Colorado State, Montana State, Northern Colorado, Weber State and Wyoming are all competing in the Invitational. Several matches will have to be completed on Saturday morning due to the weather.

"I was very pleased with our start to the fall season," said head coach Krissy Hall. "We played extremely well in singles and despite not having the results we wanted to in doubles it was still a great day overall."

In singles play, the Cowgirls started off strong as they won eight of their nine matches played on the day. Senior Corina Lazar earned two victories with a three set win, 6-3, 3-6, 5-2 (ret.), over Katy Proietti of Montana State followed by a straight set win, 6-2, 6-2, against Caitlin Fluegge of Colorado State.

In the flight two singles, junior Jamie Nelson opened up with a tough three set victory, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, against Natalia Agarycheva of Northern Colorado but won in two sets, 6-2, 6-4, against Greer Satherlie (CSU). Freshman Carly Van Hollen (Millers, Md.) won her opening match over Rui Xu (CSU), 6-1, 6-3, and will resume her match against Laura Villegas (MSU) tomorrow. Also in that same draw, freshman Rebecca Berger won her first match of the day, 6-0, 6-0, over Kelli Lindley of Weber State, but came up short, 6-2, 6-4, against Manuela Santos (UNC).

In the white singles draw, senior Michelle Brown defeated Lisa Clark (MSU) in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, while Carolina Chaix defeated Alyssia Pyne (WSU), 6-2, 6-4. Both Brown and Chaix will resume their second matches tomorrow.

It was a tough day for the Cowgirls in doubles play as two of the three teams lost in the opening round. The team of Carolina Chaix and Jamie Nelson earned an 8-3 win over Mullen and Pyne of Weber State. Wyoming's Michelle Brown and Corina Lazar fell to Air Force's Erika Shortridge and Lauren Wilson, 8-6. UW's Rebecca Berger and Carly Van Hollen lost 8-4 to Knopp and Groll of Northern Colorado.

All three doubles team will resume play tomorrow, along with the completion of the rain shortened singles matches.