Sept. 19, 2013
PROVO, Utah -
The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team opened up the 2013 fall season with their first day of competition at the BYU Invitational, on Thursday, in Provo.
"As a staff we couldn't be happier with the team in their doubles play," said head coach Dean Clower. "We've been working hard in playing UW doubles and we definitely took steps forward in that area today. We have a lot to work on in singles but with the leadership on this team we will get it done. We are proud of the way the players competed today and we will do the same tomorrow."
In doubles action, two of the three teams in action were victorious. The team of Alma Espinosa and Silviya Zhelyazkova defeated Morgan Anderson and Mackenna Maddox, 8-4. They will play Desiree and Nicolette Tran tomorrow morning. Christa Gecheva and Jessica Parizher also opened up the day with an 8-6 win over Toby Miclat and Savannah Ware of BYU. They will face the team of Mayci Jones and Meghan Sheehan-Dizon of BYU. Freshman Dorottya Jonas and junior Veronica Popovici lost in their opener to the team of Tran and Tran of BYU. Their next match will be against Demi Daniels and Sydney Monson in the consolation round.
It was a tough first day in the singles draw as the Cowgirls were only able to come away with two victories. The top seed Popovici won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, over Daniels of BYU. She will take on Nicolette Tran in the quarterfinals. The only other Cowgirl to come away with a win was freshman Alena Vasileva. She defeated Anastasiia Vasileva of Southern Utah, 6-1, 6-3, before falling to Mayci Jones, 6-3, 6-0. Espinosa lost a tough three set match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, against Veronika Rogova of Southern Utah and will take on Sydney Monson (BYU) in the consolation round. Parizher and Gecheva also lost their opening rounds in three sets. Parizher fell 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 against Savannah Ware of BYU. Her match tomorrow will be against Toby Miclat (BYU) who defeated Gecheva 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 (2) in the opener. She will take on Aleksandra Ivanova of Southern Utah. Dorottya Jonas and Silviya Zhelyazkova also opened up the day with a lost. Jonas lost to Mackenna Maddox, 7-6, 7-5, while Zhelyazkova fell to Morgan Anderson, 6-4, 6-3. Both will play in the consolation round in the afternoon.
The Cowgirls will continue play beginning at 9:00 a.m. in doubles and 12:00 p.m. in singles action.