Women's Tennis Opens Season On The Road
Jan. 24, 2005
Coming Up Next: The Cowgirls will open up their 2005 spring season with three dual matches on the road. They will face a very tough Nebraska team, on Friday, Jan. 28, and Southwest Missouri State, on Saturday, Jan. 29. Both matches will be played in Lincoln. Wyoming will wrap up the weekend against the Creighton Bluejays, on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 11:00 a.m MT in Omaha.
A Look At Nebraska: The Cowgirl team will start off the 2005 spring season against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, on Friday night, at 4:00 p.m. MT in Lincoln. They return three letterwinners to a team that finished 16-9 overall and 5-7 in the Big 12 Conference a year ago. This is the sixth meeting between the two schools. Nebraska leads the series 5-0. The last time the two teams faced off was Feb. 8, 2004 when the Cornhuskers defeated the Cowgirls 7-0. Nebraska is coached by Scott Jacobson who is in his 14th season with the program.
A Look At Southwest Missouri State: In their second match of the weekend, the Cowgirls will take on the Southwest Missouri State Bears, on Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. This the first meeting ever between the two teams.
A Look At Creighton: The Cowgirl tennis team will finish up their road trip on Sunday, January 30 against the Creighton BlueJays in Omaha, Neb. They return five letterwinners to a team that finished 10-12 overall and 3-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference. This is the fourth meeting between the two schools. Wyoming leads the series 4-0. The last time the two teams faced off was Feb. 6, 2003 when the Cowgirls defeated the BlueJays, 6-1. Creighton is coached by Tom Lilly who is in his eighth year as the head coach.
Wildt Enters Sixth Season at the Helm
Prior to coming to Wyoming, Wildt was the head coach at East Tennessee State University from 1995-99. In her four seasons with Buccaneers, Wildt's teams compiled an overall dual match record of 41- 34 including a 13-17 mark in the Southern Conference. Wildt coached the team to its first national ranking in the history of the program in 1998 when the team was tied for 72nd nationally. Wildt also coached a pair of individuals to the highest regional rankings in school history in both singles and doubles.
Before arriving at ETSU, Wildt was an assistant coach for three years at her alma mater, Virginia Tech. As a student there, Wildt earned an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology in 1993 and a master's degree in community health in 1995. Wildt was a two-year letterwinner in tennis for Virginia Tech from 1990-92. She was named the team's most dedicated player twice and ranked seventh in career winning percentage (.630) in singles. As a junior, she had an impressive 22-10 singles mark as well as a 17-9 doubles record, and finished her senior year at 16-12.
Prior to attending Virginia Tech, Wildt was a nationally ranked singles player at Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. While at Peace College, she earned a top 25 national singles ranking. She was also ranked sixth nationally in doubles and was Region X Champion.
Wildt, who was hired on June 17, 1999, is just the second head coach in Cowgirl tennis history succeeding Kilmeny Waterman, who led the program in its first three years of existence.
"I look forward to many future years here with Wyoming Tennis," Wildt said. "I believe the program has reached a level of respect never achieved before and that we are headed in the right direction." Wildt has enjoyed some success in her time at Wyoming as ten individuals have qualified for the Central Region Championships, five in the main draw. Wildt coached Melanie Roberts, a former assistant coach in the program, to All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2000 and Jenny Bowman to All-MWC Singles Player accolades as a freshman, First Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore, and to a Regional Singles ranking for two years.
Wildt is a Tennis Professional with the USPTA. Actively involved in the Laramie community, she has created tennis clinics, leagues and camps for people in the area.
The North Carolina native married Matt Wildt, an Assistant Athletics
Director in charge of Ticketing and Special Events, at the University of
Wyoming, on Dec. 2, 2000. The couple have one daughter, Paige, born
July 12, 2002.