Cowgirl Tennis Has Busy First Day at Colorado Invitational

Sept. 19, 2008

BOULDER, Colo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team opened up a three day road trip on Friday at the Colorado Invitational in Boulder. The Cowgirls had a successful and busy first day while conditions seemed perfect as they squeezed in as many matches as possible.

"We played a lot of competitive tennis today," said head coach Kati Gyulai. "We have made significant improvement from last weekend. Our focus is to improve from round to round and we are achieving our goal."

The day started with doubles play with two new teams. Ronnie Spencer and Carly Van Hollen won their first match against Tiffany Knop and Hannah LaForest from the University of Northern Colorado in a close match of 9-7, but fell in the quarterfinals 8-0, losing to Camilla Belassi and Monica Milewski from the University of Colorado. Brittany DeFelice and Jamie Nelson opened up against Amy Allin and Marisa Lambropoulos from the University of Illinois with a first round defeat 8-2. Rebecca Berger and Sarah Summerfield battled against Jessica Brouwer and Holly Johnson from Virginia Tech losing 8-2 as well. In the back-draws, Summerfield and Berger defeated Tahlia Smoke and Allie Chermel of the Air Force Academy, 8-1. In the second draw of doubles, Carolina Chaix and Virginia Iwinski won their first match against the University of Northern Colorado's Luiza Xavier and Jill Kappel, winning 8-2.

In singles play, there were several matches played. Brittany DeFelice was successful in the first round, defeating Allie Chermel (AFA) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (6). She then lost in the quarterfinals to Shannon Betts (VT) 6-4, 6-4. Carly Van Hollen also had a successful first round, winning 6-4, 6-0 against Allison Wahba (CU). In the quarterfinals, she lost to Martha Blakely (VT) 6-1, 7-5. In the gold draw singles, Sarah Summerfield was defeated by Inga Beerman (VT) 6-2, 6-2, but battled back and won in the back draw, defeating Tahlia Smoke (AFA) 7-6 (2), 6-4. Rebecca Berger also lost her first round match, to Melisa Esposito (CU) 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (8). However, Berger also won in the back draw 6-2, 6-3, beating Manuela Santos (UNC). In the second draw, Jamie Nelson lost her first round to Holly Johnson (AFA), 6-2, 6-0. She then went on to win in the backdraws, defeating Luiza Xavier (UNC), 6-3, 6-1. Ronnie Spencer also lost in the first round to Abbie Probert (CU), 6-0, 6-1. Spencer also won in the back draw, defeating Jodi Ciarvealla (UNC) 6-3, 7-5. In the silver draw, Virginia Iwinski battled in her first match against Megumi Voight (AFA) but lost in the end 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (6). Carolina Chaix also had a tough first round, losing to Madie Kern (CU) 6-2, 7-6 (3). Both were defeated in the back draw by UNC, Iwinski losing to Jennifer Whateley (UNC) 6-3, 7-6 (2) and Chaix losing to Kappel 6-1, 6-1.

The Cowgirls will continue play tomorrow with both singles and doubles action beginning at 9 a.m.