Four Cowgirls Advance to Finals at Air Force Invitational

Oct. 2, 2010


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Four singles players and one doubles teams will be in the finals tomorrow as the Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team continued play at the Air Force Invitational, on Saturday, in Colorado Springs.

"We dominated today going 9-1 in match play," said head coach Kati Gyulai. "We are in four singles finals out of the six draws and one in the doubles final. We look to improve on closing out earlier and winning matches."

In singles play, it started off with freshman Veronica Popovici as she defeated Pavlina Smatova of Oregon in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. She will play Niltooki Wilkins of UNC Greensboro. Simona Synkova earned a straight set victory, 6-3, 7-6, over Tessa Lang (Iowa State) to earn a spot in the finals tomorrow. Sophomore Sasa Nemcova had to go three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 10-6, with Marcela Rivero of Eastern Michigan. She will take on Nikolina Grbac of New Mexico. Senior Carly Van Hollen was the other Cowgirl to reach the finals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Georgia de'Lisle-Tarr of Eastern Michigan.

Other Cowgirls in action included senior Kim van Ginkel, who needed three sets to defeat Trudie du Toit, 6-1, 4-6, 10-7. Rebecca Berger won her match over Ashley Bonner (UNM), 6-1, 6-3, as did Alexandra Kovacs against Michaela Bezdickova of New Mexico, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.

In doubles play, the team of Carly Van Hollen and Veronica Popovici reached the finals with an 8-6 victory over Megumi Voight and Sarah Cassman of Air Force. They will take on Michaela Bezdickova and Amy Shipperd of New Mexico tomorrow morning. Berger and Kovas also won their backdraw match against Lexi Filliol and Jennifer Whateley, 8-0. The other doubles team in action, van Gikel and Synkova, fell to Smatova and Skowronski (Oregon), 9-7.