Tennis Finds Wins on First Day of Air Force Invitational

Oct. 12, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

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The Cowgirl tennis team began competition on Friday at the Air Force Academy Invitational in Colorado Springs.

Air Force, Colorado State, Colorado State-Pueblo, Denver, East Tennessee, Memphis, Portland State, Texas Tech and Wyoming are all competing in the Invitational.

"We didn't really have a great start, but we found ways to win," said UW head coach Krissy Hall. "We still competed well, and look forward to building upon that tomorrow."

In flight four singles, Cowgirl senior Michelle Brown defeated Meghan Kiser of Air Force, 7-5, 7-5, and Anya Dalkin (Portland State), 6-2, 6-4. She will play Janet Durham of Texas Tech tomorrow.

UW's Corina Lazar won her opening match 6-2, 6-1 over Jamie Raun (CSU-Pueblo), but fell in two sets, 6-2, 6-4, to Samantha van der Drift of Texas Tech.

Wyoming freshman Rebecca Berger lost 6-2, 3-6, 13-11 to Christine Abayan of Air Force early in the day, but then came back and defeated Lacey Pfibsen of Portland State, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Cowgirl Jamie Nelson lost her first match of the day against Bhavani Tirumurti, 6-4, 6-4, and then she won her second match in two sets, 6-4, 6-2, against Erika Shortridge of Air Force.

UW's Carolina Chaix came up short against Kerryn Potgieter (Texas Tech), 6-1, 6-0, but rebounded with a straight set win, 6-0, 6-0, over Tiffany Talmadge of CSU-Pueblo.

The final Cowgirl in action was Carly Van Hollen who lost her match against Leah Roberts of Texas Tech, 6-2, 6-4, and will play tomorrow against Lindsey Wiseman of Memphis.

In doubles play, the Cowgirls won two out of three opening round matches. Berger and Lazar defeated Smole and Tirumurt of Denver, 8-6, while Chaix and Nelson defeated their opponents, Dalkin and Knight, 8-0. The team of Brown and Van Hollen lost 8-1 to Garlnad and Durham of Texas Tech. All three doubles team will resume play tomorrow.