Sept. 28, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Two singles players and a doubles team reached the finals as the Cowgirl tennis team continued played on Saturday at the Air Force Inivite in Colorado Springs.
"Congratulations to Silviya and Veronica for taking care of business in their draws," said head coach Dean Clower. "If they play tomorrow like they did today we should be fine. It's also good to have Christa and Alma in the finals of doubles as well. We continue to improve everyday which is all we can ask for. Victories over teams of this caliber is always a good thing."
In doubles action, the Cowgirls went a perfect 3-0 on the day. In the Bravo doubles flight, Christa Gecheva and Alma Espinosa defeated Chrissie Hoolahan and Courtney Schulte of Northern Colorado, 8-0. They will face Meredith Hopson and Rachana Bhat of New Mexico in the finals tomorrow. In back draw play, Veronica Popovici and Dorottya Jonas beat Natalie Heffron and Adriana Wojakowska, 8-2, while Jessica Parizher and Silviya Zhelyazkova won 8-7 (4) in the tiebreaker over Mary Meyers and Hannah Garcia-Park of Air Force. The two teams will face each other tomorrow to close out the weekend.
It was a very successful day in singles play as Wyoming went 8-3 on the day. In the Alpha singles play, Popovici defeated Hopson in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, and Tiffany Tran, 6-2, 6-0. She will face Lizette Blankers of New Mexico tomorrow morning in the finals. In the same draw, Jonas lost to Natalie Heffron, 6-4, 6-1, but defeated Natasha Rizvi (Air Force), 6-1, 6-0, in back draw action. Junior Zhelyazkova opened up her day with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Susan Baklini (New Mexico) followed by a straight set win, 6-3, 6-0, over Maddie Buxton of Colorado State. She will take on Anamaria Candanoza of Buffalo in the finals.
Three other Cowgirls also saw action on Saturday. In back draw play, Alma Espinosa defeated Oana Manole of West Virginia, 6-2, 7-5. Gecheva lost in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-0, to Dominique Dulski while Parizher fell to Emily Olivier in three sets, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.
Wyoming wraps up the weekend tomorrow morning with all three doubles teams and six singles players in action.