March 22, 2012
The nationally ranked Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team will begin 2012 Mountain West play this weekend with two matches on the road. They will face the UNLV Rebels on Saturday, March 24, and the San Diego State Aztecs, on Sunday, March 25. The Saturday match will begin at 1:00 p.m. followed by an 11:00 a.m. start Mountain Time and will be played in San Diego, Calif.
The team plus two individuals also continue to hold a ranking in the Campbell's/ITA National Rankings as the most recent rankings came out on Tuesday, March 20.
Wyoming as a team received a national ranking of 61st among 323 schools that participate in Division I women's tennis. They dropped two spots from a week ago. They held a season ranking of 59th last week (March 13), which is the highest ranking ever by a Cowgirl tennis team in school history. Earlier this season, Feb. 28, they spent a week in the 62nd position their previous high. The UW doubles team of Simona Synkova and Veronica Popovici are currently 61st overall after entering the spring season as the 44th ranked doubles team in the country. They have a current record of 16-6 overall and 7-5 in dual play.
The Cowgirls currently hold an 8-6 season record, while playing eight nationally ranked teams over the non-conference stretch. They are led by sophomore Veronica Popovici with an overall record of 16-9 overall and a 6-7 dual mark at the number one singles position. Simona Synkova and Sasa Nemcova both have a 15-11 overall record, while freshman Jessica Parizher is 15-12 overall and 9-4 during dual play. Popovici and Synkova are 7-5 in doubles action this spring. Parizher and Silviya Zhelyazkova are 4-6 in dual action along with Alexandra Kovacs and Sasa Nemcova with a 6-3 record.
UNLV is 9-5 overall while being ranked 67th in the current ITA rankings. They recently defeated the 12th ranked Tennessee Volunteers, 4-3, last time out. The Rebels hold the all-time record in the series with a 15-0 mark. The last time the two teams met was April 1, 2011 as UNLV defeated Wyoming 6-1.
San Diego State is currently 4-9 overall and will play Colorado State prior to the match on Sunday. This will be the 15th meeting between the two schools. The Aztecs lead the series 12-2. The last time they met was April 28, 2011 as Wyoming defeated SDSU 4-3 in the opening round of the Mountain West Tournament.