Sept. 10, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team will play in their first tournament of the 2008 fall season this weekend as they host the Wyoming Cowgirl Invitational, Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 11-13, in Laramie. The matches will be played at the UW Tennis Complex.
The event will begin on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. while the other two days are set to begin at 8 a.m. Teams competing in the tournament will be the Colorado State, Montana State, Northern Colorado, Weber State and Wyoming.
In 2008-09 UW welcomes back six letterwinners, along with four starters, and two talented newcomers. Last season, the Cowgirls went 11-13 overall and had a 1-7 mark in the Mountain West Conference. The 11 victories tied a school record for most wins, which was set during the 1996-97 season.
This year's squad is composed of one senior, two juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen. Several individuals will be looked upon to help the Cowgirls improve in 2008-09, including junior Sarah Summerfield and second year players Brittany DeFelice and Rebecca Berger.
Summerfield went 14-7 overall during her sophomore campaign after returning from a knee injury. DeFelice finished her first year with the team 14-3 overall at the number six spot, while Berger capped things off with a 16-19 mark playing at the number one position.
Other key players who will also be in the mix are senior Jamie Nelson, junior Carolina Chaix and sophomore Carly Van Hollen. The only senior on the team this year, Nelson went 6-8 in singles play last season and 12-12 in doubles. Chaix went 7-6 in limited action, while Van Hollen wrapped up her first year with a 10-22 mark.
The Cowgirls will welcome two newcomers to the program in Virginia Iwinski and Ronnie Spencer. Iwinski was a two-time letterwinner in tennis while attending Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga. Spencer, from Caproel, Canada, is a two-time Scotia McLead Mid Canada Open Champion in the U18 and Women's Open categories.
Highlighting the opposing teams at this year's Cowgirl Invite will be UW's border-rival Colorado State. CSU went 9-11 overall a year ago, while finishing with a 2-6 mark in the MWC. They are coached by Jon Messick.
Montana State will also make the trip to Laramie. The Bobcats went 12-6 overall and 6-2 in the Big Sky Conference last season. They are coached by Denise Albrecht, who is in her eighth season with the program.
The Northern Colorado Bears will also be a participant in the tournament. They finished 7-14 overall and 3-5 in the Big Sky Conference a year ago. UNC is coach by Brenda Vlasak, who is in her sixth season with the program.
Weber State is the final team in the Wyoming Cowgirl Invite. In 2007-08, they finished with a 7-15 overall record and 1-6 in the Big Sky Conference. The Wildcats are coached by Jonas Ehrlin who is in his second season with the women's program.