Cowgirl Tennis Begins Fall Action at BYU Invite

Sept. 16, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming tennis team will open up its 2014 fall season this week at the BYU Invite. The competition is scheduled to begin on Thursday in Provo, Utah.

"We are looking forward to seeing where we are at as a team this upcoming week in Provo," head coach Dean Clower said. "It should be interesting trying to find the right pairs for doubles and establishing our line-up for the upcoming season. We expect the ladies to compete hard this week and get comfortable with their new teammates."

The Cowgirls welcome back four starters and five letterwinners to a team that posted an 11-8 record overall and a 4-1 mark in MW action a year ago. The 11-wins marked the fifth straight year that the tennis program has reached double-figure victories. The doubles team of Dorottya Jonas and Veronica Popovici were selected All-MW in doubles after posting a 14-13 record overall and a 3-2 mark in league play. They participated in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and reached the semifinals of the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament. In addition to that, Popovici was named First Team All-Conference in singles play. It's the first time in school history that a player has won four straight singles awards.

Several individuals will be looked upon to help the Cowgirls in 2014-15, seniors Alma Espinosa, Christa Gecheva, Jessica Parizher and Silviya Zhelyazkova. Gecheva went 17-16 in singles action and 14-13, Zhelyazkova recorded 15 wins on the season while going 3-2 in MW play followed by Espinosa and Parizher with ten wins each. Newcomer Dorottya Jonas made an impact in her first season. She finished the year 17-16 in singles action and 19-16 doubles. Jonas went 3-2 in league play on her way to earning All-MW honors with former Cowgirl Veronica Popovici. There are also three newcomers who hope to contribute to the team, freshmen Cecilia Mercier and Magdalena Stencel and junior Nastya Tokareva. The squad is composed of four seniors, one junior, one sophomore, one redshirt freshmen and one freshman.It will be at the Air Force Invitational, on Sept. 26-28, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament, Oct. 15-19, in Las Vegas, Nev. and the SMU Invite, Nov. 7-9, in Dallas. The spring schedule begins on the road with the Tulsa Hidden Duals, Jan. 9-12, followed by Texas Tech and Auburn in Lubbock. The first conference match will be Friday, March 27 against Utah State. The Cowgirls will host seven home matches during the spring.