Cowgirls Conclude Play At Tulsa Invite

The Wyoming women’s tennis team concluded its opening weekend of play Sunday at the Tulsa Hurricane Invitational. The Cowgirls concluded their match with Louisiana Tech first, finishing the match with the doubles portion of play and then faced off with host Tulsa to end the event.

Wyoming (2-1) swept the doubles portion against Louisiana tech to win that match 5-2 after winning 4-of-6 singles matches Saturday. At No. 1 doubles, the team of Lucia Malinak and Maria Oreshkina defeated Leonie Schuknecht and Ilana Tetruashvili 6-2. At the No. 2 spot, Mihaela Kaftanova and Ida Krause won a hard-fought match over LTU’s Lara Unkovich and Alexia Romero, 7-6 (7-4) and at No. 3 doubles, Ana Fernandez and Sophie Zehender bested Claudia Oravcova and Anastasiia Salenko, 6-4.

Against Tulsa, the Cowgirls fell 7-0 to close the invite. The doubles tandem of Fernandez and Zehender got the lone win for Wyoming as the duo moved to a perfect 3-0 in doubles play to begin the season. Fernandez and Zehender beat Tulsa’s Valeryia Rozenkova and Gabriella Charlampidi 7-6.

Tulsa was able to win the other two doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 2 to secure the doubles point in the match and swept the singles portion of the match as well. Oreshkina lost her No. 2 singles match in three sets to Shura Poppe, 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2.

The Cowgirls have a quick turnaround as they return to action with a pair of matches this week to continue play in the Sooner State. Wyoming will travel to face 11th-ranked Oklahoma State January 19 in a 5 p.m., match and will then play Oklahoma Jan. 20 at 1 p.m.

Wyoming vs. Louisiana Tech
1/17/21 at Tulsa
(Tulsa, Okla.)

Wyoming 5, Louisiana Tech 2
Doubles competition
1. Lucia Malinak/Maria Oreshkina (WYO) def. Leonie Schuknecht/Ilana Tetruashvili (LT) 6-2
2. Mihaela Kaftanova/Ida Krause (WYO) def. Lara Unkovich/Alexia Romero (LT) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Ana Fernandez/Sophie Zehender (WYO) def. Claudia Oravcova/Anastasiia Salenko (LT) 6-4

Wyoming at Tulsa
1/17/21
(Tulsa, Okla.)

Tulsa 7, Wyoming 0
Singles competition
1. Martina Okalova (Tulsa) def. Sophie Zehender (WYO) 6-1, 7-5
2. Shura Poppe (Tulsa) def. Maria Oreshkina (WYO) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
3. Laia Conde Monfort (Tulsa) def. Ana Fernandez (WYO) 6-2, 6-3
4. Vera Ploner (Tulsa) def. Ida Krause (WYO) 6-3, 6-3
5. Valeryia Rozenkova (Tulsa) def. Lucia Malinak (WYO) 6-2, 6-2
6. Lian Benedejcic (Tulsa) def. Mihaela Kaftanova (WYO) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Marina Okalova/Vera Ploner (Tulsa) def. Lucia Malinak/Maria Oreshkina (WYO) 6-0
2. Shura Poppe/Megan Hopton (Tulsa) def. Mihaela Kaftanova/Ida Krause (WYO) 6-1
3. Ana Fernandez/Sophie Zehender (WYO) def. Valeryia Rozenkova/Gabriella Charalampidi (Tulsa) 7-6