LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After winning their first ever Mountain West Conference Tournament match last year, the Cowgirl tennis team is looking to further improve during the 2006-07 season, building off of their accomplishments from a year ago.
Head coach Krissy Hall enters her second year at the helm of UW tennis. She was an assistant coach at Washington State before coming to Wyoming and prior to that was an assistant coach for one year at her alma mater Virginia Tech.
"I could not imagine a better place than the University of Wyoming to make the transition from an assistant coach to head coach," Hall said. "It is a great time to be at Wyoming and as I approach my second season, I am very excited for the potential success during the season ahead of us."
The Cowgirls have high expectations going into the new season with six returning starters from a team that went 9-15 last year. Wyoming also welcomes two new faces, which according to tennisrecruiting.net, was the 13th best recruiting class for mid major conferences.
"There is a tremendous amount of parity in our line-up, which definitely adds to the strength of our team," said Hall.
"We plan on continuing to learn from every match we play and apply what we learn to further develop the talent of each player on the team. If all of our players are healthy and play their best tennis on the same day, we can compete with any team in the country."
House had a strong junior season, finishing with a 16-14 singles record and an 11-18 mark in doubles action.
"Andrea is a strong player in both single and doubles," said Hall. "We expect great things from Andrea in her senior season. Every time she steps on the court she gives the team an opportunity to win."
Rowinski finished with a 15-18 overall record a year ago playing primarily in the number one and two spots for the Cowgirls. Senko finished with an 11-17 singles mark last year and brings a tremendous amount of experience to the line-up.
"Karolina has a solid all court game with arguably the best serve on the team," Hall said. "We look for her to step in and play towards the top of the line-up.
"Amy is a solid player with the ability to take her game to the next level this season. She is someone that you want on the court when the match is on the line."
Brown continued to improve in her second year at Wyoming, posting a 10-12 overall singles record. A very competitive player, the Cowgirls will continue to improve with Brown on the court. Lazar is coming off a 9-9 season during her sophomore year. The Cowgirls will look for her skills on the court to help them get closer to being a strong competitor in the Mountain West Conference.
"Michelle dedicated herself to tennis over the summer and into the fall," Hall said. "She continues to improve each and every day and is a fierce competitor who is extremely coachable.
"Corina is an extremely powerful and talented player who has unlimited potential," added Hall. "She has the ability to compete with any player in the country on any given day."
Sophomore Jamie Nelson will be in her second year as a Cowgirl and looks to improve from her freshman year. After an early season injury that kept her out of fall play, she finished last season with a 7-17 record in singles and a 4-11 mark in doubles play.
"With one season of college experience down, Jamie has really grown as a player," Hall said. "She adds great depth to the team and we look for her to add to the success of the team this season."
"I am expecting great things out of both players this year and years to come," Hall said of the Cowgirl freshmen.
Summerfield comes to Wyoming from Chester, New Jersey, where she was a two-time All-Conference selection. Chaix, who joins the team from Mexico City, Mexico, was one of the top high school players in Mexico.
"Sarah is a very smart player who has the ability to control the point from anywhere on the court," Hall said. "She instinctively knows where to hit every ball and steps up on big points. She will be a vital part in the success of this year's squad.
"Carolina has the big advantage of being a left handed player," said Hall. "She has gained valuable match experience in both singles and doubles throughout the fall. Each day she takes another step forward in her growth as a collegiate tennis player."
The Cowgirls will look to improve during the season and in order to take that next step forward, they will have to get through a tough schedule.
"We have a very challenging 2006-07 schedule in both our conference and non-conference play," Hall said. "We have many opportunities to play against some of the best teams in the country which only makes us a stronger team. Our non-conference schedule will prepare us and give us confidence in our abilities and potential as we begin our conference schedule."
The Cowgirls spring schedule will begin when they travel to Lincoln, Neb. to play Nebraska on January 26th and Wichita State on January 27th. The conference season begins early for Wyoming when the Cowgirls take on Air Force, on February 3rd, in Laramie. The only other Wyoming home match will be on April 7th when the Cowgirls face rival Colorado State. The Mountain West Conference tournament will take place this year, Wednesday April 25th through Saturday, April 28th, in Colorado Springs, Colo.