Sept. 13, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Third year head coach Kristen Hall and the Wyoming tennis team will play in their first tournament of the 2007 fall season this weekend as they host the Wyoming Cowgirl Invitational, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16, in Laramie. All matches will be played at the UW Tennis Complex.
"We are excited to start the fall season, especially at home," said Hall. "We have really good competition coming in and this will give us a good opportunity to play a lot of tennis."
The tournament will begin on Friday morning, Sept. 14 at the UW Tennis Complex, and it will run through Sunday, Sept. 16. Matches on all three days are set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The teams competing in the tournament will be the Air Force Academy, Colorado State, Montana State, Northern Colorado, Weber State and Wyoming.
Hall is welcoming back five letterwinners, along with four starters, and three talented newcomers. Last season, Hall led the Cowgirls to a 6-15 overall record and a 2-6 mark in the Mountain West Conference.
The squad is composed of two seniors, one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen. Several individuals will be looked upon to help the Cowgirls in 2007-08, including seniors Michelle Brown and Corina Lazar along with sophomore Sarah Summerfield. Lazar went 11-17 overall during her junior campaign, while Brown went 9-20 playing at several positions. Summerfield finished her first year with the team 13-15 overall at the number one spot on her way to earning All-MWC honors. Jamie Nelson completed her season 10-11 overall and Carolina Chaix went 5-8 in her limited singles play. The Cowgirls will welcome three newcomers to the program in Rebecca Berger, Brittany DeFelice and Carly Van Hollen. Berger, Hermiston, Ore., is a four time 4A doubles champion while helping her team to a state championship in 2007. DeFelice, Edmond, Okla., earned All-City and All-State honors while attending Edmond North High School. Van Hollen, Millers, Md., was one of the top players in the Mid-Atlantic section.
The Falcons finished last season with a record of 10-16 overall and 0-8 in the MWC. Air Force is coached by Kim Gidley who is in her tenth season with the program.
Colorado State went 10-12 overall a year ago, while finishing just ahead of the Falcons with a 1-7 mark in the MWC. They are coached by Jon Messick.
Montana State will also make the trip to Laramie. The Bobcats went 11-12 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference last season. They are coached by Denise Albrecht, who is in her seventh season with the program.
The Northern Colorado Bears will also be a participant in the tournament. They finished 6-12 overall and 2-5 in their inaugural season of the Big Sky Conference. UNC is coach by Brenda Vlasak, who is in her fifth season with the program.
Weber State is the final team in the Wyoming Cowgirl Invite. In 2006-07, they finished with a 7-14 overall record and 1-6 in the Big Sky Conference. The Wildcats are coached by Jonas Ehrlin who is in his first season with the women's program.