LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming will return to action on Friday in the first round of the 2016 MW Tennis Championship in Fort Collins. The sixth-seeded Cowgirls will take on the 11th-seeded Colorado State Rams. The match is set for 2 p.m. MT at the University Tennis Complex. The location of the match may change due to the potential threat of bad weather in the area later in the week. Live stats are located at GoWyo.com.
“Every match is different that you play. We will obviously know what we have to do to beat Colorado State and the same against us,” UW head coach Dean Clower said. “It probably won’t be the same type of match like last weekend. At the end of the day, if we keep implementing what we’ve been practicing we will be fine.”
The Cowgirls enter Thursday’s contest with a 10-11 record overall and 3-2 in league play. Senior Nastya Tokareva and sophomore Magdalena Stencel pace the way with 21 victories on the season while they each went 3-2 and 4-1, respectively in MW play. Junior Dorottya Jonas sports a 20-13 overall record and 4-1 in league action.
In doubles play, Stencel and Tokareva are 12-9 overall in dual play plus a 4-1 league record, while freshmen Elisa Koonik and Tessa van Der Ploeg went a perfect 4-0 in conference play and are 7-7 in dual action.
“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, but I think this team is hitting its stride at the right time. Over the past month the underclassmen are figuring it out, playing better and really capped it off with a good win last weekend.”
Colorado State enters the tournament with a 5-14 record overall and 0-6 in MW play. They return six letterwinners to a team that went 8-13 overall and 1-6 in league play a season ago. This will be the 25th meeting between the two teams with the Rams holding a 14-10 advantage in the series. The last time the two teams met was April 23, 2016 with Wyoming coming out on top with a 7-0 victory. CSU is coached by John Messick who is in his 27th season with the program.
2016 MOUNTAIN WEST WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS
Thursday, April 28
10 a.m. MT First Round Match #1 No. 8 Air Force vs. No. 9 Utah State
10 p.m. MT First Round Match #2 No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 10 San Diego State
2 p.m. MT First Round Match #3 No. 6 Wyoming vs. No. 11 Colorado State
Friday, April 29
10 a.m. MT Quarterfinal Match #1 No. 4 San Jose State vs. No. 5 Boise State
10 a.m. MT Quarterfinal Match #2 No. 1 Fresno State vs. Air Force/Utah State winner
2 p.m. MT Quarterfinal Match #3 No. 2 New Mexico vs. Nevada/San Diego State winner
2 p.m. MT Quarterfinal Match #4 No. 3 UNLV vs. Wyoming/Colorado State winner
Saturday, April 30
10 a.m. MT Semifinal Match #1 Quarterfinal Match #1 winner vs. Quarterfinal Match #2 winner
2 p.m. MT Semifinal Match #2 Quarterfinal Match #3 winner vs. Quarterfinal Match #4 winner
Sunday, May 1
11 a.m. MT Championship Match