Cowgirl Tennis Earns Two Wins on Sunday

UW returns to action on Saturday, March 16

By: Robert Couse-Baker

LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 3, 2019) – The Wyoming tennis team closed out the weekend going 2-0  on Sunday with 4-1 wins over New Mexico State and Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.  The victories improved the Cowgirls dual record to 9-5 on the season.  With the win over the Lumberjacks, head coach Dean Clower reached 100 victories in his career which have all been with the Wyoming program.

“I thought today was a gutsy performance. We’ve been good about getting our business done in matches,” Clower said. “The newcomers are continuing to gain more experience and the upperclassmen are showing their leadership. Each win was a different way to win this weekend. For us to come away with points from different lines and styles, plus had to make adjustments through some matches. I thought the team was amazing.

“It’s never been about me. It’s about us and this program. Ironically, we played against NAU who is coached by one of our former assistants helped our program grow. It’s about the former players and all of the people that helped us along the way. Every year it’s been a different story and this year it’s 100 wins. It’s been a blast.”

In doubles against the Aggies, junior Ana Royo and freshman Maria Oreshkina started off the day with a 6-2 win over Chloe Gavino and Rebecca Keijzerwaard in the No. 3 doubles. New Mexico State’s duo of Lindsay Harlas and Yadira Rubio beat freshmen Ida Krause and Mihaela Kaftanova, 6-2. Wyoming seniors Elisa Koonik and Tessa van Der Ploeg clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 victory over Harsha Challa and Gavi Kalaga at the No. 1 spot.

UW’s van Der Ploeg started off singles action with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Rebecca Keijzerwward. The Aggies Harsha Challa earned the first point of the day for NMSU in two sets, 7-5, 6-3, over Oreshkina. Koonik gave the Cowgirls a 3-1 advantage with her straight set win, 6-3, 6-4, over Harlas. At the No. 4 position, it would be a battle between Royo and Neus Torregrosa. UW opened up and won the first set 6-2, but the Aggies took the second 6-3. Royo earned a break in the third set to win the match, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. The No. 5 match between Ana Fernandez and Rubio plus the Kalaga and Kaftanova match at the No. 6 spot weren’t completed after Wyoming clinched the match 4-1.

The Cowgirls took the early lead against Northern Arizona by winning the doubles point as well. At the No. 3 position, UW’s Kaftanova and Krause made easy work of Emilie Haakannsson and Madi Moore, 6-1, while the Lumberjacks responded with a 6-4 victory by Chiara Tomasetti and Adrianna Sosnowska over Koonik and van Der Ploeg at the No. 1 spot. It came down to the No. 2 position between the team of Royo and Oreshkina against Ellie Millard and Hanneke Lodewijks. The Cowgirls built a big lead and went up 5-2, but NAU broke back and won two straight games to pull within one, 5-4. UW kept its composure and won the next game to take it 6-4.

In singles, UW took a 2-0 lead after Northern Arizona had to default at the No. 6 spot. The Lumberjacks closed the gap after Tomasetti defeated van Der Ploeg, 6-3, 6-1. Oreshkina battled with Sosnowska and took her match, 7-5, 6-3, while Koonik clinched the match for the Cowgirls with her two set win, 6-4, 6-2, over Millard.

The Cowgirls will return to action on Saturday, March 16 against the Montana Grizzlies. The match is set to begin at 10 a.m. MT in Laramie.