This Week: The postseason commences this week for the University of Wyoming women's tennis team. The Cowgirls, seeded eighth, open the Mountain West Conference Championships Thursday versus top-seeded San Diego State in a 2 p.m. dual at the BYU Tennis Complex in Provo, Utah. The Aztecs enter the bracket at 16-7 overall, 7-0 in league play and ranked no. 24 in the nation. UW fell 6-1 in San Diego to the Aztecs on March 29, the Cowgirls' first MWC match this season. Sophomore Jenny Bowman picked up Wyoming's lone win versus San Diego State earlier this spring, downing 79th-ranked Silvia Tornier 6-2, 6-2 in no. 1 singles play.
Last Time Out: The Cowgirls closed the regular season with a pair of losses in MWC dual play over the weekend of April 13-14 to finish the regular season 6-13 overall and 1-6 in league play. Wyoming squared off with no. 55 New Mexico Saturday, April 13 in Albuquerque, falling to the homestanding Lobos 7-0 at the Lobo Tennis Club. The Cowgirls had a rough go of it all day Saturday versus UNM, dropping all three doubles matches and going 0-6 in singles.
Wyoming faced another rugged opponent Sunday in Air Force. The Falcons also claimed a 7-0 shutout win over Wyoming. Cowgirl junior Paulina del Monte was UW's biggest bright spot versus Air Force, teaming with Yuliani Santi to beat Heather Shelby and Gina Black 9-7 in no. 2 singles for Wyoming's only match win of the day. Del Monte also registered the Cowgirl's lone set win in singles play, topping Kelli O'Bryant 6-3 in the second set of their no. 4 singles match.
Wildt's Word: The following are quotes from University of Wyoming women's tennis coach Pam Wildt about the upcoming Mountain West Conference Championships:
"San Diego State is a very good team, and we know that. We've seen them before, so we know a little bit about what to expect. They beat us 6-1 early in the season, but it was our first conference match and I think the match was closer than the score indicated. Individually, the scores didn't really reflect how we played."
"Jenny had a really good win against Silvia Tornier last time, and everybody has gone back and looked at their matches through the season and looked at what they can do to improve. The kids have done their homework."
"It's time to wind things up and get ready. These are competitive kids and it's time to rise to the occasion and be mentally ready to play in some big matches."
2001-02 Season Singles Records
Jenny Bowman 19-7Yuliani Santi 10-14Jen Hancock 11-14Paulina del Monte 9-15Toni Terhaar 4-17Kati Gyulai 5-13Ivana Milosevic 0-7
2001-02 Season Doubles Records
Bowman / Hancock 15-9Terhaar / Santi 2-1Gyulai / del Monte 1-2Espinosa / Terhaar 1-0Santi / del Monte 4-14Terhaar / Milosevic 0-3Gyulai / Terhaar 2-12Gyulai/Milosevic 0-1