Gecheva and Parizher continue doubles-play
Cowgirls advance to semifinals against Fresno State
UW will play on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time
UW now on a three-match winning streak
UW wraps up league play next Saturday
JUNIOR (2013-14): Finished the fall season with a 6-4 overall record in singles action. She qualified for the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament and went 2-1. She and doubles partner Jessica Parizher wrapped up the fall with a 3-3 record while she went 5-6 overall. Opened up dual play by winning five of her first six matches, she went 9-9 in the spring and 15-16 overall for the year. In MW action, she went 3-2 overall playing at the number three position. In doubles action, she and Alena Vasileva went 6-2 overall including winning their last three matches of the season and recorded a 3-2 mark in league action. For the year, she was 11-8 in doubles. Ranks 16th in doubles wins (40) and 21st in singles wins (42) in school history.
SOPHOMORE (2012-13): Finished the fall season with a 7-4 overall record in singles action, which included a three-match winning streak. She qualified for the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament and went 2-1. She and doubles partner Jessica Parizher wrapped up the fall with a 6-3 record, which included a four-match win streak. They would go 4-1 and reach the round of eight at the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament. Went 8-4 in the spring to go 15-8 overall for the year in singles, while going on a five-match winning streak. In league matches, she was 4-2 overall with wins over Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada and New Mexico. In doubles play, she and Parizher recorded a 13-8 record during the spring to finish 19-11 overall on the year. They would go 5-2 in Mountain West matches at the third position.
FRESHMAN (2011-12): Joined the program in the spring of 2012 and contributed right away to the lineup. She finished with a 12-9 mark in singles and 5-2 in Mountain West play at the number six spot. She won her first match of her career against Nikola Matovicova of UT Arlington, 6-3, 6-4 (1/28/12). Had a three-match winning streak during league play. In doubles action, she and Jessica Parizher finished with a 10-9 overall record. They went 5-2 in Mountain West play with wins over Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV and San Diego State. They also won their last four of five matches to close out the season. She garnered Academic All-Mountain West honors for the first time in her career.
HIGH SCHOOL: A top ranked singles play, she was fourth in the Under 16 European Tennis Association Rankings. She was a member of the Bulgarian National Team in both the summer and winter cups, plus the European Championships. In 2008, she was second in the European winter cup qualifications and placed in the finals with the national team.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 15, 1992 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She is the daughter of Rangel Zhelyazkova and Evdokiya Zhelyazkova. She has a sister Mariyana. She is majoring in finance with a minor in management.