The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team finished its regular season strong with a pair of Mountain West Conference wins over Colorado State and Air Force last week.
With the victories, Wyoming (14−7, 5–3 MWC) clinched the No. 3 seed in the upcoming MWC tournament in Las Vegas. The 14 total victories include five conference wins and a third-place conference finish, which are all Wyoming tennis records. In addition to these UW team records, Wyoming coach Kati Gyulai is coaching the UW tennis all-time-wins leader, senior Sarah Summerfield, who has compiled 67 career-singles wins.
The Cowgirls beat CSU in Greeley, Colo., 6–1, and got the best of Air Force, 5–2, in Colorado Springs. The match with the Rams was moved to Greeley because of inclement weather in Fort Collins.
Junior Kim van Ginkel went 2–0 in singles matches against the Rams and Falcons, and for her efforts; she was named MWC Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Van Ginkel beat Lauren Mulhern of CSU, 6–0, 6–1, and knocked off Christine Molina of Air Force, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, to improve to 27–8 on the year in singles play.
Against CSU, the Cowgirls won the doubles point, and along with van Ginkel, Summerfield, Simona Synkova, Rebecca Berger and Sasa Nemcova earned singles wins. The lone victory for the Rams came from Tori Arneson, as she defeated Alexandra Kovacs, 3–0 (ret.).
We are very happy to come away with a victory, Gyulai said in a release. CSU is a very good team and this was a tough match.
In Colorado Springs, Wyoming picked up right where it left off and opened the match winning the doubles point over Air Force. Summerfield, Synkova and Berger each joined van Ginkel by winning their respective singles events. Melissa Cecil got the Falcons on the board with a 6–1, 6–0 win against Nemcova and Sarah Cassmen defeated Paloma Navarro of UW, 6–4, 7–5.
We are very happy to end the regular season with a win over a good Air Force team, Gyulai said.
The Cowgirls will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the MWC tournament to face sixth seeded TCU on Thursday at 3 p.m.