LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming tennis team will kick-off the 2016 Mountain West season on the road this week. The Cowgirls are set to face the Air Force Falcons on Friday followed by the New Mexico Lobos on Sunday. The first match is set for 12 p.m. MT in Colorado Springs followed by a 3 p.m. MT start time in Albuquerque.
"Hopefully we gained valuable experience heading into our conference season," UW women's tennis head coach Dean Clower said. "As always, we played a very difficult non-conference schedule and the goal is to be more mature on the court and disciplined in our decision making. We are a very young team but by now we should have the experience to do what it takes to give ourselves a chance in matches."
The Cowgirls completed non-conference action with a 7-9 overall record. Senior Nastya Tokareva sports an 18-11 singles mark while going 10-6 during the spring. Sophomore Magdalena Stencel is 17-11 in singles play while junior Dorottya Jonas brings a 16-12 singles record. Stencel and Tokareva are 8-8 overall in dual play plus 12-10 on the year, while Jonas and fellow junior Miranda Talbert are 9-8 overall and 8-3 in the spring.
The Falcons enter conference action with a 9-7 record overall . This will be the 25th meeting between the two teams with the Cowgirls holding an 18-6 advantage in the series. The last time the two teams met was April 11, 2015 with Wyoming coming out on top with a 6-1 victory. Air Force is coached by Kim Gidley who is in her 18th season with the program.
New Mexico is currently 7-6 overall while being ranked 45th in the latest Oracle/ITA National Rankings. The Lobos will face Colorado State on Friday prior to the Cowgirls. This will be the 22nd meeting between the two schools. UNM holds a 16-5 record in the series. The last time the two teams met was April 26, 2015 in the final of the MW Championships. The Lobos pulled out the victory 4-2. New Mexico is coached by Kelcy McKenna who is in her first season with the program.