UW Tennis Completes First Day of Competition at Wyoming Cowgirl Invitational

Sept. 23, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team hosted the first day of competition at the University of Wyoming Invitational on Friday in Laramie. Wyoming, Montana State, New Mexico State, and Air Force are competing in the invitational. The Cowgirls are off to a great start as they have won 12 matches and lost 6 in their first day of matches.

In singles play Cowgirl sophomore Michelle Brown had a great day. Brown is 3-0 after beating teammate Gwen Moser 6-4, 6-1, Meghan Kiser of Air Force 6-2, 6-1, and Tyffani Thomas from Montana State 6-0, 6-0. Junior Karolina Rowinski is 2-0 in the invite. Rowinski defeated Paulina Zuniga of New Mexico State 6-3, 6-1, then beat Vera Vasileva of Montana State in a hard fought 7-6, 6-1 match. Junior Amy Senko is also sitting at 2-0 after the first day of singles play. Senko defeated Violaine Rollet of New Mexico State 6-2, 2-6, 6-1, then turned around and beat Katy Clarke of Montana State 6-4, 7-5. Sophomore Corina Lazar, junior Andrea House, and senior Patricia Chien each finished Friday singles play with 1-1 records. Chien was able to win a nail biter that came down to a ten point tiebreaker in her last match of the day, as she beat Nicole Luetolf from Montana State 7-6, 2-6, 1-0.

In doubles action Senior Patricia Chien teamed up with junior Karolina Rowinski to defeat Liza Vaccaro and Kelly Morgan of Air Force 8-0. Sophomore Corina Lazar and her partner junior Amy Senko also had a doubles win against Karissa Walker and Erika Shortridge of Air Force 8-3. Senior Gwen Moser and Junior Andrea House lost a hard fought 8-6 battle to Kat Bushey and Christine Abayan of Air Force for Wyoming's only doubles loss of the day.

"I am very pleased with our attitude and effort today," said UW head coach Kristen Hall (Stubbs). "This was a great way to start the tournament and a great way to kick off the fall season. Our play today will give us momentum going into Saturdays matches."

The Cowgirls will begin play Saturday at the Cowgirl Tennis Courts at 8:00 a.m. The last matches are slated to start at 3:00 p.m.