Wyoming Tennis Begins Play at 2011 Utah Invitational

Nov. 4, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -

The Wyoming Cowgirls tennis team opened the first day of competition, on Friday, in doubles and singles action today at the Utah Invitational.

"We started off strong in doubles and had good leadership from our upperclassmen in singles," said assistant coach Dean Clower. "Sasa had a nice performance against a good player in Megan Price from BYU. As we went further into the draw we didn't capitalize in critical moments during our matches. We hope to come out strong again tomorrow in doubles."

Both of the doubles teams won their only matches of the day to move on to the second round. The team of Sasa Nemcova and Alexandra Kovacs defeated Kaitlin Burns and Rebecca Bodine of LSU, 8-3. They will play Lucia Kovarcikova and Sarah Pham from Utah in the next round. Christa Gecheva and Alma Espinosa also won 8-3 over Kaitlyn Brown and Sonia Klamczynska of Boise State. They will play Natasha Smith and Danielle Flores in the next round.

In singles action, the Cowgirls have five individuals in competition. In the singles A bracket, Alexandra Kovacs defeated Sandy Vo from Boise State in three sets, 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 but fell against Whitney Wolf of LSU in the second round in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Sasa Nemcova won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, over Megan Price from BYU. She then played Sarah Pham from Utah in the second round and was also defeated in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (3). The last Cowgirl to compete in the singles A bracket was Jessica Parizher who was defeated in her first and second rounds of the tournament.

In singles B bracket action, Alma Espinosa was defeated in the first round by Manuela Pietzuch (Boise State), 6-2, 7-5 but came back to defeat Laura Severino from Idaho State in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, in consolations. Christa Gecheva lost her opening match against Yvette Vlaar (LSU), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 but came back to win her consolation match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, against Zamira Vasquez.