June 8, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Tennis program finished the year ranked among the top teams in both the Region and NCAA Division I. Three individuals were also recognized as the Campbell's/ITA National and Mountain Regional Rankings were released on Wednesday.
Wyoming as a team received a national ranking of 74th among 323 schools that participate in Division I women's tennis. Its' the fourth time they have been ranked during the year. They entered the spring season in the 75th spot and were 73rd on February 14, while reaching a school high ranking of 68th for the week of March 22. The top five included Florida, Stanford, Duke, North Carolina and UCLA. In the Mountain Regional rankings, they were tied for third out of 21 schools, following UNLV, Utah and tied with Boise State.
The UW doubles team of Simona Synkova and Kim van Ginkel, who earned All-Mountain West Conference honors for the second year in a row, placed fourth amongst teams in the Mountain Region. They finished the season with a record of 21-10 overall and 5-3 in the league. After a solid freshman campaign, Veronica Popovici placed sixth in the region. She had an overall record of 28-9 for the year, which led to her selection on the All-Mountain West Conference Team.
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. Division I Regional rankings are released twice a year (fall and year-end). The top 15 teams, top 30 singles players and top 15 doubles teams are ranked for men and women in each of the eight ITA regions.
Wyoming finished their season 14-9 overall and 3-5 in Mountain West Conference play. The 14 wins tied for the most wins in school history which was set last season. It also marked the first in the programs history they've had back to back winning seasons.