Cowgirl Tennis Team Wraps Up Successful Weekend At CU Challenge
Sept. 25, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming tennis team crowned an individual champion and a doubles team champion at the University of Colorado Challenge this past weekend.
Freshman Jen Hancock was the champion in flight five, going 3-0 on the weekend. Hancock defeated Patricia Diaz of New Mexico State 8-1 in the title match. The Spanish Fort, Ala., native is now 4-0 in her first season at Wyoming.
The Wyoming doubles team of sophomore Paulina del Monte and freshman Stacy Kneese won the doubles flight five with a 3-0 record. The pair defeated Colorado 6-3, Air Force 6-2 and Denver 6-3.
Wyoming looked strong throughout the singles lineup, with a pair of second-place finishes and a dominating performance in flight four. In flight four both Sofi Espinosa and Toni Terhaar went 2-0, where the two would have played for the championship but the match wasn't played between teammates.
In singles flight one freshman Jenny Bowman placed second with a 2-1 record. Bowman, from Sacramento, Calif., looked very strong in the top flight of the tournament. She dominated her first two opponents, beating Lia Dimingo of CU 6-1, 6-2 and Kritel Chuntraruk of Air Force 6-4, 6-2.
Also placing second for UW was Yuliani Santi in flight two. Santi went 2-1 with victories over Jenny Pettersson of New Mexico State and Morgan Sall of Colorado. Angela Dossetor competed in flight two for Wyoming as well, but went 0-2.
The tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Boulder, Colo., but was moved indoors to Denver due to weather conditions. The tournament was played in a different club each day and preparation time was minimal.
Wyoming had two players in singles flight three, del Monte and Kneese. Neither player managed to win a match although they won the doubles championship.
The Cowgirls' three remaining doubles teams saw varied success. In flight one the doubles team of Dossetor/Santi went 1-2, with a great win over Air Force and losses to Denver and Colorado. The flight two team of Bowman/Terhaar went 0-2 and the flight four team of Espinosa/Hancock went 1-2, with a victory over Denver.
"It was an awesome weekend for us," said Wyoming head coach Pam Davis. "We really played very well and had some improved performances over last year at the same tournament. To play so well with our young team, we really gained some confidence. I am really proud of how we competed. The girls really fought through the ups and downs of playing in different clubs each day with little practice time. Our doubles teams had good chemistry and were very impressive."
The next action for the Cowgirls is Sept. 28-30 at the BYU Invitational
in Provo, Utah.