Cowgirls Advance to Semi-Finals of MW Tennis Tournament

BOISE, Idaho – The Wyoming tennis team (12-7 overall, 3-2 MW) opened up the 2018 Mountain West tennis championship with a 4-1 quarterfinal win over San Diego State on Friday morning, advancing to the semifinal match against No. 1 seed UNLV on Saturday..

“I thought the whole match we played our style of tennis on every line, especially in doubles,” head coach Dean Clower said. “We were resilient across the board and battled in every spot. We will use some receivers time tomorrow and be ready to bring it the Cowgirl way again tomorrow.”  

San Diego struck first in doubles action with Berta Acero and Nnena Nadozie beating sophomore Ana Tkachenko and freshman Myiah Scott, 6-1. Senior Magdalena Stencel and sophomore Milka Genkova forced a tiebreaker against Jana Buth and Paola Diaz and pulled out a 7-6 (7-1) victory to even it up.

It came down to the number one spot between juniors Elisa Koonik and Tessa van Der Ploeg against Jenny Moinard and Mia Smith. It went back and forth until the Aztecs took a slight lead. The Cowgirls hung in there and tied it up at six to also force a tiebreaker. The duo was solid and won the match, 7-6 (7-4). 

SDSU earned its first point of the day at the sixth spot in the singles line-up. Nadozie defeated Scott in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. The Cowgirls would win the next three matches to help them seal the victory.

Stencel beat Buth, 6-4, 6-3, followed by Koonik defeating Moinard, 6-1, 6-2. Tkachenko won the fourth point of the day with a 6-2, 6-3 victory against Abbie Mulbarger to notch the Cowgirl victory. Genkova was tied up one set a piece with Diaz and van Der Ploeg was down, 6-0, 5-2 against Aubets, but both matches weren’t finished.