May 4, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the first time in school history, the Wyoming Cowgirl Tennis program is ranked among the top teams in NCAA Division I, and a doubles team earned a spot in the top 100 as the Campbell/ITA National Rankings were released on Monday.
Wyoming as a team received a national ranking of 75th among 323 schools that participate in Division I women's tennis. The top five includes Baylor, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan and Northwestern.
The UW doubles team of Simona Synkova and Kim van Ginkel, who recently earned All-MWC honors, were ranked 83rd for their effort. They finished the season with a record of 11-7 overall and 4-4 in the league.
"This is a landmark for our tennis program," said head coach Kati Gyulai. "I am very happy for our players because they worked hard every day to put this program on the national map. I hope to start a tradition for being nationally ranked and to continue moving up in the ranking."
In Division I, the ITA (International Tennis Association) National Rankings are determined by a computerized system, using the ITA's average points-per-match formula. The Division top 75 teams, top 100 singles players and top doubles teams receive an ITA ranking.
The Cowgirls just finished up their season last weekend at the 2010 Mountain West Conference Championships in Las Vegas. They wrapped up the season with a program best 14-8 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the MWC to finish third in the league. The 14 wins and five conference victories were the most ever in school history, plus the third place finish was the highest a Wyoming team has ever placed in league play. They defeated three conference foes for the first time in school history, with wins over BYU, New Mexico and San Diego State, and narrowly lost to eventual conference champion TCU, 4-3, in the league championships.