Sept. 16, 2006
WACO, Texas -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Tennis team opened up the fall season at the Baylor Invitational, on Friday and Saturday, in Waco, Texas.
In the first day of competition, it was singles play that was a highlight for the Cowgirls. Five players came away with wins including senior Andrea House. She earned a two set win 7-5, 6-2 over Dina Pavlin of Abilene Christian and then defeated her second round opponent Manami Kuroda of Lamar, 6-1, 6-4. Junior Corina Lazar fell in her opening match 6-2, 6-2 to Baylor's Klara Zrutova, but rebounded with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Natalie Laszkowski of Louisville. Freshman Sarah Summerfield had a tough go against Kewa Nichols of TCU, 6-1, 6-2, but came back with a 6-4, 6-3 win against the number eight player Irina Sotnikova of Sam Houston State. The other winners in the first round included Karolina Rowinski, 6-4, 6-4, over Sara Pesic of UT-Arlington and Amy Senko with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Patricia Manzur of Sam Houston State.
In doubles play, Wyoming struggled as all three teams fell in their opening round. The team of Michelle Brown and Amy Senko fell 8-4 against Kimberly Patenaude and Tiffany Lee of Rice. Andrea House and Karolina Rowinski came up short against Manijee Ashrafi and Pamela Martinez of Lamar 8-2. The other doubles team of Corina Lazar and Sarah Summerfield had a first round bye.
"Overall, I felt we had a good first day of competition," said head coach Krissy Hall. "We had some nice play against some very competitive teams, and even though we aren't getting all the results we want I think we are playing well."
The highlight of the second day for the Cowgirls at the Baylor Invite was the play of Corina Lazar and Sarah Summerfield in doubles. They earned an 8-5 win over the fourth seeded team of Agostina Santoro and Kuruc of Tulsa. They will now play the team of Tanya Roberts and Kaltrina Harbuzi of Lamar tomorrow morning. In other doubles action, Andrea House and Karolina Rowinski defeated Brooke Mills and Patricia Manzur of Sam Houston State, 8-4, but fell to Holly Lindloff and Aina Rafolo of Abiliene Christian, 8-1. Michelle Brown and Amy Senko fell to the team of Daniele Navakova and Marissa Brown of UT-Arlington, 8-2.
In singles play, freshman Sarah Summerfield lost in her match 6-3, 7-6 (5) to Kindsay Grimes of Tulsa. Corina Lazar had a tough go against Jessica Zok of Baylor (6-1, 6-2), while Andrea House fell in her match 6-1, 6-0 to Sofia Lifanvoa of UT-Arlington.
"I was pleased with the play of Corina and Sarah in doubles play," said head coach Krissy Hall. "They've battled against some good competition and I'm excited for their semifinals match tomorrow."