SPOKANE, Wash. (Jan. 29, 2017) – The Cowgirl tennis team (2-1 overall) closed out the weekend with a 5-2 loss against the Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-0 overall) on Sunday afternoon.
“We lost a great match today,” head coach Dean Clower said. “Once again, our doubles is getting better and we are developing at a fast pace. I’m happy with the fight this team shows and the ability to push each other on the court. We are on the right track to being a good team as long as we keep going on this path.”
Wyoming got off to a good start by earning the doubles point to take the early 1-0 lead. Senior Dorottya Jonas and freshman Ana Tkachenko defeated Nevada Apollo and Domonique Garley, 6-2 while junior Magdalena Stencel and senior Miranda Talbert beat Alex Bourguignon and Graciela Rosas, 6-3. Sophomores Elisa Koonik and Tessa Van Der Ploeg were down 5-3 against Sophie Whittle and Kate Ketels but did not finish the match.
It was a battle in singles with the Bulldogs winning five of the six matches. Gonzaga earned its first point of the day as Whittle defeated Stencel, 6-3, 6-1, followed by Apollo with a straight set win, 6-3, 6-1, over Jonas. They would win the next two to clinch the match against Wyoming. Haruna Tsuruta beat freshman Imogen Clews, 7-5, 6-1, while Rosas beat Koonik, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3. van Der Ploeg was the only Cowgirl to come away with a victory as she defeated Bourguignon, 7-5, 7-5. Tkachenko closed out the day with a three set loss, 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, against Ketels.
The Cowgirls will return to action on Friday to begin a three-match road swing. UW will open up on Friday against Creighton followed by matches against Nebraska and North Dakota, Saturday and Sunday respectively. All three matches will be play at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center in Lincoln.
Gonzaga 5, Wyoming Cowgirls 2
1. #116 WHITTLE, Sophie (GON) def. Magdalena Stencel (WY) 6-3, 6-1
2. APOLLO, Nevada (GON) def. Dorottya Jonas (WY) 6-3, 6-1
3. Tessa van Der Ploeg (WY) def. BOURGUIGNON, Alex (GON) 7-5, 7-5
4. ROSAS, Graciela (GON) def. Elisa Koonik (WY) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
5. KETELS, Kate (GON) def. Ana Tkachenko (WY) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
6. TSURUTA, Haruna (GON) def. Imogen Clews (WY) 7-5, 6-1
1. WHITTLE, Sophie/KETELS, Kate (GON) vs. Elisa Koonik/Tessa van Der Ploeg (WY) 5-3, unfinished
2. Dorottya Jonas/Ana Tkachenko (WY) def. APOLLO, Nevada/GARLEY, Domonique (GON) 6-2
3. Magdalena Stencel/Miranda Talbert (WY) def. BOURGUIGNON, Alex/ROSAS, Graciela (GON) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,2,6,4,3,5)