Third Time No Charm: Cowgirls Tennis A Victim of UNLV

BOISE, Idaho _ The UNLV Lady Rebels ended the Wyoming tennis team's season for the third year in a row. The Cowgirls suffered a 4-2 loss to UNLV in the semifinals of the 2018 MW Championship on Saturday afternoon.

In doubles action,  UNLV struck first with Isumi Asano and Samantha Li beating sophomore Ana Tkachenko and Myiah Scott, 6-0.

The Cowgirls, however, had the answer. The duo of senior Magdalena Stencel and sophomore Milka Genkova earned a hard fought win, 7-6 (7-2) against Anna Bogoslavets and Juliet Zhang.

The point came down to the pair of juniors Elisa Koonik and Tessa van Der Ploeg against Aiwen Zhu and En-Pei Huang. It went back and forth until the two teams were all even at six. The tiebreaker combined for 22 points as the Cowgirls came away with the 7-6 (12-10) win to take the early 1-0 lead. 

UNLV earned its first point of the day at the sixth spot in the singles line-up. Li defeated Scott in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, followed by Asano with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Genkova.  Stencel won the second point of the day for UW with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Zhu. Unfortunately, the Lady Rebels took the next couple of matches to earn the victory. Koonik dropped her match, 6-4, 6-4, against Huang, while van der Ploeg lost, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, against Bogoslavets. 

Wyoming ends the season with a 12-8 overall mark and 3-2 in league action.