Cowgirl Tennis Set to Host Wyoming Invitational

Sept. 21, 2006


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Second year head coach Kristen Hall and the Wyoming tennis team will play in their second tournament of the 2006 fall season this weekend as they host the Wyoming Cowgirl Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-23, in Laramie.

They will begin the tournament on Friday morning, Sept. 22 starting at 8:00 a.m. at the UW Tennis Complex, and it will run through Saturday, Sept. 23. Matches on Saturday will also begin at 8:00 a.m. If there is inclement weather the matches will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will be played inside on both days. The teams competing in the tournament will be the Air Force Academy, Montana State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming.

Hall is welcoming back six letterwinners, along with five starters, and two talented newcomers. In her first season with the program, Hall led the Cowgirls to a 9-15 overall record, which included their first every Mountain West Conference Tournament victory over Air Force.

The squad is composed of three seniors, two juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen. Several individuals will be looked upon to help the Cowgirls in 2006-07, including seniors Andrea House, Amy Senko, Karolina Rowinski and junior Corina Lazar. House is coming off a strong season as she posted an overall mark of 16-14 in singles play, while Rowinski went 15-18 overall playing mainly at the number one position. Despite a shortened spring season, Corina Lazar went 9-9 overall and Amy Senko finished her junior campaign going 11-17. Other individuals in the mix will be junior Michelle Brown, who went 10-12 overall, and sophomore Jamie Nelson, who went 7-17 in her first year with the program. The Cowgirls will welcome two newcomers to the program in Carolina Chaix and Sarah Summerfield. A 5-5 freshman from Mexico City, Mexico, Chaix is one of the top high school players in Mexico and has been ranked as high as fourth in the girls 18 and under category. Summerfield, who is from Chester, N.J., was a two-time All-Conference selection at West Morris Mendham High School.

The Falcons finished last season with a record of 9-18 overall and 1-7 in the MWC. Air Force is coached by Kim Gidley who is in her ninth season with the program.

Montana State will also make the trip to Laramie. The Bobcats return four starters and six letterwinners to a team that finished 9-14 overall. They are coached by Denise Albrecht, who is in her sixth season with the program.

The final participant in this year's tournament is the Northern Colorado Bears. They went 9-13 overall last year and will join the Big Sky Conference for the upcoming season. UNC is coach by Brenda Vlasak, who is in her third season with the program.

The matches will be played at the UW Tennis Complex and admission will be free.