LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 18, 2017) – The Wyoming tennis team (11-3 overall) had to mount a comeback on Saturday in its 4-3 victory against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (9-3 overall, 4-0 Big Sky).
“That was one of the gutsiest performances I’ve seen in a long time,” head coach Dean Clower said. “The ladies bounced back with a vengeance after losing a tough doubles points and I couldn’t be more proud. To be down the whole time and rally as one unit was a testament of the heart and character this team has. Every player on this team brought fight today which is why we came up victorious.”
In doubles action, it was a tough day with Northern Arizona taking two out of three matches. Magdalena Stencel and Miranda Talbert opened up the day with a 6-4 loss against Hailey Rochin and Marta Lewandowska, but the duo of Dorottya Jonas and Ana Tkachenko defeated Brandy Walker and Hanneke Lodewijks, 6-4 to even it up. It came down the number one team of Tessa Van Der Ploeg and Elisa Koonik who dropped a close one, 7-5, against Blanka Szavay and Chiara Tomasetti.
In singles, Koonik got the Cowgirls on the board with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Walker. The Lumberjacks answered by winning the next two matches to pull ahead 3-1. Tomasetti defeated Jonas, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 followed by Szavay over van Der Ploeg, 6-4, 6-3. At the number one spot, Stencel won the opening set, 6-2, which was countered by Lodewijks winning the second, 7-6 (7-2). She would respond by losing only one game in the third set, 6-1, to win the match. It came down to the final Cowgirls in action freshmen Tkachenko and Milka Genkova. Tkachenko dropped only one game to win in straight sets over Eirene Granville, 6-1, 6-0, while Genkova clinched the match with a 7-6, 6-3 win against Lewandowska.
Wyoming will return to action on Thursday against the New Mexico State Aggies. The match is set for 12 p.m. MT at the UW Indoor Tennis Courts.