Sept. 1, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The 1999 University of Wyoming women's tennis team will see some changes and will undergo some transitions as they head into their fifth year of existence. Wyoming will have a new head coach who is implementing a different style of play and will be contending in a new conference.
Pam Davis, who for the past four seasons has been the head women's tennis coach at East Tennessee State University, was hired on June 17, 1999, to take over the reigns of the Cowgirl tennis program. In her four seasons as head coach for the Buccaneers, Davis' teams compiled an overall dual match record of 41-34, 13-17 in the Southern Conference. Davis saw her team place sixth at the 1997 Southern Conference Championships and coached the team to its first ITA Rolex Collegiate national team ranking in the history of the program in 1998 - tied for 72nd. Individual Bucs also received national ranking under the guidance of Davis.
Davis also was very successful as a tennis player at Virginia Tech, where she was a two-year letterwinner in tennis from 1990-92. She was named the team's most dedicated player twice and ranked seventh in career winning percentage (.630) in singles. As a junior, she had an impressive 22-10 singles mark as well as a 17-9 doubles record. She finished her senior year with a 16-12 singles mark.
Davis will be assisted by Carlos Mellizo, who is a Wyoming native and four-time letterwinner at Laramie High School. Mellizo graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish as well as a bachelor's degree in music education. Mellizo is starting his second year as assistant for the Cowgirls.
Davis has high expectations for the Cowgirl program and has set the goal to fight for the Mountain West Conference title and get an automatic bid for the NCAA Regionals, to be held in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 27-29, 1999.
?I have a very experienced team consisting of four seniors and a sophomore transfer from ETSU. These girls know what it takes to win and to handle matches in tough situations. The other three girls have the talent to handle the bottom of the line-up and will definitely have a solid impact at those positions.?
The Cowgirls will look to the four returning seniors for leadership, Melanie Roberts, who will be the team captain for the fourth year in a row, Sarah Kay, who has demonstrated success with a career singles record of 38-34, Amanda Roberts, who won the Cowgirl Spirit Award in 1997 and Shirley Mendoza, who was a tournament winner and had a 20-10 singles record in 1998.
The Cowgirls have been working hard in the off season and are welcoming the three new players to their squad. ?Individual workouts have been very upbeat and positive.? Davis explains, ?I feel the girls are excited about the three new players signed over the summer. This gives them confidence and reassurance that there is depth and experience at the middle to bottom of the line-up.?
Davis is very optimistic about her first season with the Cowgirls and hopes to take the program to the regional level on a consistant basis. The Cowgirls, for the first time in it's existence, have players with college experience, which Davis thinks will help increase the success of the program. ?We have eight solid players this season, and it is going to be a great fall seeing everyone compete for different positions in the line-up. If we can stay healthy, we have the experience and definitely the depth to do great things in the new conference this year.?
by Christine Wiley, UW Sports Information