Sept. 21, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
All eight singles players and four doubles teams were in action today at the BYU Invitational, on Friday, in Provo Utah. The Cowgirls claimed one title in singles while a doubles team and singles player reached the finals tomorrow.
"Today was a good day for the team," said head coach Dean Clower. "We definitely took two steps forward in the direction we want to be. There were some good individual performances and the day was topped off by a gutsy performance by one of our captains Simona Synkova. We are very happy to bring a first and second place finish home in the white draw and hope to bring two more titles in the other brackets."
In the White draw singles bracket, it was a battle between two teammates for the title. Christa Gecheva defeated Andie Young of BYU, 6-2, 6-0, to reach the final, while Alma Espinosa earned a straight set victory, 6-2, 6-2, against Amber Stuhlmann. In the final, Gecheva came away with the 6-2, 6-4 win.
In the Blue Draw of the singles bracket, three players remained in the main draw. The top seed Veronica Popovici won her first match of the day, 6-4, 6-2, over Aubrey Paul of BYU, but withdrew in her match against McKenzie Davis of Utah State. Simona Synkova had a solid day as she knocked off the second and seventh seed in the tournament. In her first match of the day, she defeated Meghan Sheehan-Dizon, 6-3, 7-5. That was followed by a three set battle with Desiree Tran of BYU. After falling in the first set 6-3, she fought back to win the next two sets, 6-2, 7-5 to play her way into the finals. The final Cowgirl in the draw was Alexandra Kovacs who lost to Tran in the quarterfinal match.
In the consolation matches, two Cowgirls moved onto the semifinals which will be played tomorrow. Silviya Zhelyazkova went 2-0 on the day with wins over Kristina Voyteskhovich (Utah State), 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, and Teal Vosburgh, (Boise State), 6-2, 6-3. She will face Mackenna Maddox of BYU. Jessica Parizher defeated Thais Kurer, 6-2, 6-4, followed by a straight set win 6-1, 6-4 against Kallie Sperry of Utah State. Her opponent will be Julie Tukuafu of Utah State.
The top doubles team of Popovici and Synkova won both of their matches on the day. They defeated Mackenna Maddox and Andie Young of BYU, 8-4, while earning an 8-6 win over teammates Kovacs and Nemcova. They will face Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Desiree Tran in the finals tomorrow. Kovacs and Nemcova reached the semifinals with an 8-2 victory over Nittaya Phonharath and Michelle Warwick of Weber State. The team of Parizher and Zhelyazkova fell in their quarterfinal match against Sheehan-Dizon and Tran, 8-5. In consolation action, Espinosa and Gecheva lost to Morgan Anderson and Aubrey Paul of BYU, 8-0.
Four Cowgirls will continue play tomorrow with the doubles final beginning at 9:00 a.m. and singles beginning at 10:00 a.m.