April 8, 2010
Laramie, Wyo. - The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team will host their final home matches of the season this weekend in Laramie. They welcome the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, on Friday, April 9, and then take on conference rivals, BYU, on Saturday, April 10, and Utah, on Sunday, April 11. The first match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. while the other two are set for 10:00 a.m. All matches will be played at the UW Tennis Courts and admission is free. Sunday's match against Utah is also senior recognition day for the Cowgirls only senior Sarah Summerfield.
"We are excited to play at home in front of our crowd," said head coach Kati Gyulai. "We have waited months to get to this point in the season. We know our competition and are ready for the challenge."
The Cowgirls enter this week's competition with an overall record of 9-5 and a 1-1 mark in MWC play. They opened up conference play with a 7-0 sweep of New Mexico before falling to TCU 4-3. Wyoming is currently led by senior Sarah Summerfield who comes in with a 19-8 record overall in singles play and a 15-9 mark in doubles. Junior Kim van Ginkel has gone 22-6 in singles play at the number five position, while freshman Sasa Nemcova and Alexandra Kovacs have posted 18-8 and 19-10 records respectively. Two other contributors to the Cowgirls success are Rebecca Berger who is currently 18-10 overall and Simona Synkova with a 10-3 record in singles action.
The Fighting Sioux enter the week with a 6-9 overall record so far this season. They return two starters while welcoming six newcomers to a team that went 10-10 overall last year. This is the first meeting ever between the two teams. UND is coached by Tom Wynne who is his 19th season with the program.
BYU is currently 5-11 overall and 1-2 in MWC play so far this season. They will play Air Force and Colorado State in Ft. Collins before playing the Cowgirls. This is the 11th meeting between the two schools. BYU leads the series 10-0. The last time the two teams met was March 27, 2009 as the Cougars earned a 7-0 victory over Wyoming in Provo. They are coached by Joey Johnson who is in his first season with the program.
Utah enters the week with an 11-6 record overall and a 3-0 mark in the MWC, while being ranked 39th in this week's ITA Tennis Rankings. They will take on Colorado State and Air Force prior to playing Wyoming. This is the 16th meeting between the two schools. Utah leads the series 13-2. The last time the two teams met was March 28, 2009 as the Utes earned a 7-0 victory over Wyoming. Utah is coached by Mat Iandolo who is in his third season with the program.