Cowgirl Tennis Sends Four to ITA Rolex Central Region Tournament

November 9, 1998


Wyoming's final action of the fall was November 4 - 8, at the Rolex Central Regional Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cowgirls Melanie Roberts and Sarah Kay competed in the main singles draw for Wyoming, while Natalie Morozova and Lisa Pruett had to try and earn a spot in the main draw by winning two matches in the qualifying round. The doubles teams of Roberts/Morozova and Kay/Pruett also competed in the doubles main draw.

Sophomore Lisa Pruett, Alexandria, Virginia, won both of her singles matches Wednesday and gained a berth in the main draw. Pruett breezed through her matches without losing a set, defeating Jennifer DeSpain of Tulsa, 6-2, 6-4, and downing Molly Sanderson of Utah, 7-5, 6-3. Natalie Morozova lost her opening match of the day to Michelle Scott of New Mexico State, 6-4, 6-3, and thus failed to advance to the main draw.

Once in the main draw, Pruett lost her opening match to New Mexicos Aimee Hites, before coming back strong in the consolation round to win two matches over Tulsas Monica Poveda, 6-2, 6-3, and Oklahomas Stephanie Sajbert, 6-4, 7-6(2), and then finally falling to Marketa Chmelova of Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals. Pruett and doubles partner Sarah Kay also got a good win for UW in the doubles main draw by defeating Lynn and Shelby of Air Force in the first round. Unfortunately they were defeated in the following round by Trefler and Wallin of Northern Arizona.

Kay, was the only Cowgirl to win her main draw opening round match, as she defeated Oklahomas Jennie Hamilton in a tight three set match, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Despite her strong opening round performance, Kay could not keep her momentum going into the second round and she lost to the #9 seed Martina Pospisilova of Kansas State.

This last weeks competition was the final action of the fall for the Cowgirl tennis team. The team will resume play in January.

The 28-team tournament consisted of several ranked teams including: host #53 Utah, #9 BYU, #17 Kansas, #30 New Mexico, #32 Colorado, #47 Oklahoma, #60 Boise State, #63 Kansas State, #64 Nebraska, #66 New Mexico State and #69 Tulsa.