Sept. 28, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
Two doubles teams from the Wyoming Cowgirl tennis program will participate in the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships beginning on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Veronica Popovici and Simona Synkova will compete in the main draw of doubles starting on Thursday, Oct. 4. Each student-athlete was also selected to play in the pre-qualifying singles bracket which begins on Saturday, Sept. 29. Popovici is set to face Rebecca Shine of Louisville at 12:30 p.m. MT, while Synkova will take on Emma Levy of Tulane at 3:30 p.m. MT. The duo enters the tournament ranked 21st in the Campbell's/ITA preseason rankings and have a current record of 4-0 this fall.
Seniors Alexandra Kovacs and Sasa Nemcova also earned a spot in the pre-qualifying doubles draw at the tournament. They are set to take on the team of Paulson and McLean from Arkansas. The match is set for 9:30 a.m. MT. They are currently 2-1 after one tournament this fall.
"This is a great opportunity for our team to show what we are about on a major national scene," said head coach Dean Clower. "To have four players in the All-American is phenomenal and a testament to how tough this team is top to bottom. These four individuals, Sasa, Alexandra, Veronica and Simona have been the heart of this team for the past few years and this is a well-deserved accomplishment for them. Fortunately, I know the attitude of them all and they will not be satisfied making the tournament but will look to go deep into the draws. They are all off a good tournament last weekend in sweeping BYU and their confidence is very high going into this weekend. It should be fun to watch them compete this weekend at the highest level."
For the 28th year, the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, CA, will serve as the host site for the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. The national event is set to being on Saturday, Sept. 29 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches, which will once again be hosted by UCLA. Main draw action is slated for Thursday, Oct. 4-Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Riviera Tennis Club.
Pre-qualifying features a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Each player or doubles pair must win three rounds in order to advance to the qualifying draw; a total of eight singles players and four doubles duos move on to qualifying from pre-qualifying play. The qualifying rounds are also comprised of a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Just as with pre-qualifying, a singles player or doubles tandem must win three consecutive matches to stay alive and move into the main draw. Eight spots in the singles main draw are reserved for qualifiers, while the doubles main draw will feature four teams from qualifying.
Singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 8-11 in Flushing, N.Y.
The other members of the Cowgirl team will return to action at the Air Force Invitational. It runs from, Fri.-Sun., Nov. 5-7 in Colorado Springs, Colo.