June 8, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Following the most successful season in school history, the Wyoming Cowgirl Tennis program finished the year ranked among the top teams in both the Region and NCAA Division I. Three individual UW players were also recognized as the Campbell/ITA National and Mountain Regional Rankings were released on Monday.
Wyoming as a team received a national ranking of 73 among 323 schools that participate in Division I women's tennis, which is up two spots from 75th place on May 3. The top five included Stanford, Florida, North Carolina, Baylor and Notre Dame. They finished sixth out of the 21 schools in the Mountain Region Rankings, following UNLV, Boise State, Utah, BYU and Colorado.
The UW doubles team of Simona Synkova and Kim van Ginkel, who earned All-Mountain West Conference honors this season, moved all the way up from 83rd to 59th for their effort, while placing fourth amongst teams in the Mountain Region. They finished the season with a record of 11-7 overall and 4-4 in the league. After a solid freshman campaign, Alexandra Kovacs placed 19th in the region. She had an overall record of 21-15 for the year.
"We are very happy to finish the year nationally ranked," said head coach Kati Gyulai. "This is the first time in the program's history and we worked hard to achieve this landmark. Kim and Simona have demonstrated that they belong in the top 60 doubles teams in the country. We also positioned ourselves as a team in the top half of the Mountain Region."
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.
The Cowgirls 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.