Five Cowgirls Reach Finals in Singles Play at AFA Invite

Sept. 27, 2014 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

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Five of six individuals will compete for singles titles as the Cowgirl tennis team continued the second day at the Air Force Fall Invitational, on Friday, in Colorado Springs.

"We played very well today through the entire line-up," head coach Dean Clower said. "We competed about as hard as a team can and came out on top of most of the matches. We definitely took strides forward in playing out style of tennis. I'm especially pleased with the play of Magdelena (Stencel) who showed a lot of character and gutted out a marathon match.'

In the Alpha singles flight, Magdalena Stencel had a battle on her hands against Tamara Slijepcevic of Arkansas State. She would win the first set, 6-3, while Slijepcevic took the second set, 6-4. The redshirt freshman grinded out the third set and won the tiebreaker 20-18 to close out the match 7-6 (20-18). Her finals opponent will be Natalie Heffron of Colorado State. Dorottya Jonas also needed three sets, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, against Andrea Badileanu of Miami (OH). She will take on Julie Gauguery of Arkansas State tomorrow. In the Charlie flight, Nastya Tokareva gritted out a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lily Forlini of Air Force.

Senior Silviya Zhelyazkova opened up her day with a straight set win, 7-5, 6-4, over Aina Hernandez Soler of Colorado State. She will take on Chloe Forlini of Air Force in her finals match. Freshman Cecilia Mercier defeated Northern Colorado's Jessica Cedillo, 6-2, 6-2, to reach the finals. The final Cowgirl in action senior Christa Gecheva lost to Hanna Shteyn of Miami (OH), 6-3, 7-6 (2).

In doubles play, the team of Gecheva and Stencel will play in the finals of the back draw with an 8-1 victory over Dawson and Kanner of Marquette. Jonas and Mericier lost to Gebes and Tormos of Marquette, 8-6, while Zhelayzkova and Takerova lost their semifinal match, 8-3, against Badileanu and Costea of Miami (OH).

The Cowgirls will close out the weekend with five players in singles play and one doubles team in action on Sunday.