Cowgirl Tennis Off to a Good Start

Oct. 12, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming tennis had a good outing today atthe Aggie Invitational Tournament in Las Cruces, N. Mex. The tournament is sponsored by New Mexico State University.

Conditions at NMSU were difficult with high winds and gusts from 30 to 40miles per hour. The Cowgirls fought hard all day, though, and each womanwon at least one match.

In the first round of singles, Wyoming's Kati Gyulai easily defeated KathyKmiec of Northern Arizona 6-1, 6-1 in the first Division I match of hercareer. Gyulai ended up losing her second round match, 6-1, 6-2 to UTEP'stop seed.

Yuliani Santi defeated NAU's Ashley Dille in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in athree hour match, the longest of the day.

"Yuliani had a great match today," said Wyoming's head tennis coach PamWildt. "She really played a good match, she was down to begin with and cameback to win. She did a nice job." Santi ended up losing to Elke Blodau ofNMSU 6-1, 7-5.

Toni Terhaar fell to her opponent, Michelle Mohr of NAU 7-5, 6-4 but beather second opponent, Samantha May of NMSU, 6-1, 6-1.

Paulina del Monte fell to Lejla Porobic of host school NMSU, 5-0, 6-1, butdefeated Dione Gonzales of UTEP 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 in heroic fashion. Down 5-0in the third set, del Monte came back and won the match in a tie breaker.

"Paulina played the match of the day," said Wildt. "This was a greatconfidence builder for her, she's never been down that much in the third setand come back to win."

Both Jennifer Hancock and Jenny Bowman received first round byes. In thesecond round, Hancock defeated UTEP's Tea Spirta 7-5, 6-4 and Bowmandefeated NMSU's Caroline Blechschmidt 6-2, 6-1.

The doubles teams didn't do as well, Hancock and Bowman received a byetoday and both Wyoming teams were defeated.

"We had a very good day, especially this being our first and onlytournament this fall," Wildt said. "We were ready to compete, and that wasobvious. Nobody complained about the conditions, everyone was ready toplay. All their work on and off the court has really paid off, they lookedgreat today."

Wyoming continues play tomorrow advancing into Quarterfinals and Semifinalsin singles and doubles before the Championship round on Sunday.