Team Dual Record: 9 - 13 / 1 - 6 WAC
Singles Win/Loss record
Natalie Morozova 20 - 12 Sarah Kay 11 - 21 Melanie Roberts 11 - 21 Lisa Pruett 17 - 20 Shirley Mendoza 20 - 10 Amanda Roberts 6 - 25 Lindsay McPhail 0 - 9 Team 88 - 118
Doubles Win/Loss record
M.Roberts/Morozova 15 - 13 Kay/Pruett 17 - 13 Mendoza/McPhail 2 - 10 Mendoza/A. Roberts 2 - 10 A.Roberts/McPhail 0 - 1 Team 36 - 47
The WAC Tournament: The University of Wyoming women's tennis team ended their 1998-99 season last Thursday with a 5-0 loss to the #10 seeded University of Utah. The loss came in the consolation bracket at the WAC Championships, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Cowgirls also lost their opening round match on Wednesday to the #2 seed University of New Mexico, by a score of 6-0.
UW, who was the #15 seed in the WAC Tournament, finishes the season with an overall record of 9-13, 1-6 in WAC play.
The Cowgirls' match with the Utes was much more competitive than the previous days match against the Lobos, as Wyoming was close in most of their matches. The tighest match of the day came at #2 singles where UW junior Sarah Kay battled Utah's Molly Sanderson until finally losing the match in a third-set tie-breaker, 6-0, 5-7, 7-6 (5).
The #1 seed Fresno State Bulldogs claimed the 1999 WAC Championship with a 5-3 victory over New Mexico.
UW now has an overall record of 1-6 at the WAC Championships. At the 1998 conference tournament the Cowgirls lost to 1997 WAC Champion San Diego State, 5-0 in the first round, and then fell to UTEP, 5-1 in a consolation round match.
Home Against Northern Colorado: The University of Wyoming women's tennis team hosted their lone home dual match of the season on Sunday, April 18 and responded with a solid 9-0 victory over the University of Northern Colorado Bears. The Cowgirls took advantage of some beautiful weather and continued their dominance at rare home matches, as UW is now 6-0 when hosting dual matches since the program began in 1996.
The win by the Cowgirls improves their overall dual record to 9-11, 1-4 in WAC play.
On their way to the team victory, UW did not lose a set, despite several close matches, and two individual win streaks were kept intact. Junior Shirley Mendoza defeated UNCs Glory Borne, 6-1, 6-3, to run her streak of consecutive singles wins to an impressive 13. Freshman Natalie Morozova also kept her winning streak alive, as she defeated UNCs Portia White, 6-4, 6-1. The singles victory was Morozovas tenth straight. The wins for Morozova (20-10) and Mendoza (20-9) were their 20th wins of the season, a Cowgirl tennis record for singles wins in a single season.
Junior Sarah Kay and sophomore Lisa Pruett were the first two matches off the court for Wyoming, as they dispatched their UNC opponents very quickly, giving the Cowgirls an early 2-0 lead. The other four singles matches were tighter matches, but UW prevailed in all four and had already won the team competition heading into doubles play.
Waterman Wrap: The following are quotes from head coach Kilmeny Waterman.
About the Northern Colorado match: "UNC is a very scrappy team, but we came in and played well all the way down the line. This was a great end of the season match for us. It was also a good warm-up for the WAC Tournament, and good to go in on a winning note.
"Everyone played really well, and even with the wind we played very smart.
"Playing at home was very nice. I thought we might be a little nervous since we dont do it very often, but they competed very well and it was great to see."
About the upcoming WAC Tournament: "We will be seeded low at the WAC Tournament, so we will probably have a tough first-round matchup. But, we can compete with those schools and have been very close in all our WAC matches this year."