Cowgirl Tennis Team Wraps Up Successful Weekend At CU Challenge

Sept. 25, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming tennisteam crowned an individual champion and a doubles team champion at theUniversity of Colorado Challenge this past weekend.

Freshman Jen Hancock was the champion in flight five, going 3-0 on theweekend. Hancock defeated Patricia Diaz of New Mexico State 8-1 in thetitle match. The Spanish Fort, Ala., native is now 4-0 in her firstseason at Wyoming.

The Wyoming doubles team of sophomore Paulina del Monte and freshmanStacy Kneese won the doubles flight five with a 3-0 record. The pairdefeated Colorado 6-3, Air Force 6-2 and Denver 6-3.

Wyoming looked strong throughout the singles lineup, with a pair ofsecond-place finishes and a dominating performance in flight four. Inflight four both Sofi Espinosa and Toni Terhaar went 2-0, where the twowould have played for the championship but the match wasn't playedbetween teammates.

In singles flight one freshman Jenny Bowman placed second with a 2-1record. Bowman, from Sacramento, Calif., looked very strong in the topflight of the tournament. She dominated her first two opponents,beating Lia Dimingo of CU 6-1, 6-2 and Kritel Chuntraruk of Air Force6-4, 6-2.

Also placing second for UW was Yuliani Santi in flight two. Santi went2-1 with victories over Jenny Pettersson of New Mexico State and MorganSall of Colorado. Angela Dossetor competed in flight two for Wyoming aswell, but went 0-2.

The tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Boulder,Colo., but was moved indoors to Denver due to weather conditions. Thetournament was played in a different club each day and preparation timewas minimal.

Wyoming had two players in singles flight three, del Monte and Kneese.Neither player managed to win a match although they won the doubleschampionship.

The Cowgirls' three remaining doubles teams saw varied success. Inflight one the doubles team of Dossetor/Santi went 1-2, with a great winover Air Force and losses to Denver and Colorado. The flight two teamof Bowman/Terhaar went 0-2 and the flight four team of Espinosa/Hancockwent 1-2, with a victory over Denver.

"It was an awesome weekend for us," said Wyoming head coach Pam Davis."We really played very well and had some improved performances over lastyear at the same tournament. To play so well with our young team, wereally gained some confidence. I am really proud of how we competed.The girls really fought through the ups and downs of playing indifferent clubs each day with little practice time. Our doubles teamshad good chemistry and were very impressive."

The next action for the Cowgirls is Sept. 28-30 at the BYU Invitationalin Provo, Utah.