Cowgirl Tennis Team Suffers First Round Defeat

Nov. 3, 2011

FLUSHING, N.Y. -

The Cowgirl doubles team of Veronica Popovici and Simona Synkova lost in opening round play, on Thursday morning, at the 2011 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.They will play in the consolation round tomorrow morning.

They were defeated by a score of 8-4 against the team of Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely of Tennessee. Popovici and Synkova fell behind two early breaks in the early part of the match. They tried to mount a comeback but just fell short. The tournament runs from Thursday, Nov. 3-Sunday, Nov. 6 and is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.

"We started slow down two early breaks," said head coach Kati Gyulai. "We picked it up following that but the hole was too deep and we just ran out of time."

Synkova and Popovici qualified for the tournament after winning the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Tournament in Las Vegas two weeks ago. They went 5-0 en route to the championships with a finals win against Daivdson and Pelchat of Montana. They finish the fall with an 8-1 mark in doubles action.

Hosted by Columbia University, the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women. Heading the field are champions from USTA/ITA Division I Regional Championships held across the country in October, winners of the USTA/ITA National Small College "Super Bowl," and the singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions from the ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships.

The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships was inaugurated in 1978 for the men and 1984 for the women. Past champions and finalists include current professionals John Isner (Georgia), James Blake (Harvard), Somdev Devvarman (Virginia), Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech), Lisa Raymond (Florida) and Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford). Big Ten legends and Grand Slam finalists Todd Martin (Northwestern) and MaliVai Washington (Michigan) are also among the past champions.