Wyoming Senior, Sarah Summerfield, earned her 65th career singles victory and moved into first-place on the all-time UW womens tennis wins list, as the Cowgirls returned home after being on the road for more than a month and earned a decisive 7–0 shut-out over the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, to conclude non-conference play at the UW Tennis Courts, Friday afternoon.
Wyoming (10−5, 1–1 Mountain West Conference) plays its final home matches against rivals BYU and Utah this weekend, while North Dakota (6−10) faces Northern Colorado in Greeley.
It was the first outdoor home match of the season, and the Cowgirls got off to a bit of a slow start with the windy conditions, but they adjusted well and went onto sweep the doubles matches.
I thought the conditions were really difficult. The wind was blowing and it was a little chilly, UW coach Kati Gyulai said. I thought we had a slower start, but we picked it up and were happy to win. We look forward to tomorrow.
Kim van Ginkel and Simona Synkova started the day off with an, 8–2, win over Erin Kappers and Hallie Welk of UND. Summerfield and Paloma Navarro dominated Emma Larson and Katie Callison, 8–1, while the duo of Alexandra Kovacs and Sasa Nemcova also won, 8–1, over Megan Sween and Chelsey Galipeau, to secure the doubles point for UW.
Summerfield started off the singles events with her historical victory over Callison, 6–2, 6–1.
She knew the pressure was on and she played with a lot of energy, Gyulai said about Summerfield. Were very happy for her. I think it is a very well deserved award for her. Lets hope she can keep winning and set the record even higher for the next person.
Its pretty cool, Summerfield said about her record. Its a good feeling. Im really glad I can leave my mark here for a little while, so the other girls can try and beat me in that.
Kovacs defeated Kappers, 6–3, 6–1, Synkova downed Welk, 6–3, 6–3, van Ginkel beat Larson, 6–0, 6–0, Nemcova bested Galipeau, 6–2, 6–3, while Navarro won, 6–0, 6–1, over Sween.
The Cowgirls step back into MWC play with the BYU Cougars on Saturday at 12 p.m., at the UW Tennis Courts.