Mixed Results for Cowgirls Tennis at ITA Bedford Cup in the Mountains

from the Desk of Amy Dambro

COLORADO SPRINGS – The team of Freshman Mihaela Kaftanova and Ana Royo was the Cowgirls’ only doubles team to come away with a win in the ITA Bedford Cup in the Mountains on Saturday. They defeated Evi Buijsen and Linnea Fristam of Montana State, 8-3, and will face Anna Battersby and Sandra Keta of Northern Colorado Sunday.

Elisa Koonik and Tessa van Der Ploeg dropped an 8-5 match against Emilie Haakansson and Hanneke Lodewijks of NAU, while Ana Fernandez and Ida Krause came up short against Daniela Cozzi and Jana Weiss of Southern Utah. 

“It was a mixed bag of results today for the team which was to be expected,” head coach Dean Clower said. “We really liked the grit the team showed especially from our young freshmen. Toughness is what wins and we were tough. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and seeing more development among the team.”

In singles, junior Rojo won her opening match of the day over Synclair Larson (UNC), 6-3, 6-2, but lost in the second match, 6-4, 6-2,against Adrianna Sosnowska of Northern Arizona. Freshman Mihaela Kaftanova had a win over Eirene Granville of Northern Arizona unfortunately she would lose in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5, against Annie Walker of Montana State. Fellow freshman Krause lost her match, 6-2, 6-3, against Emily Strande of Boise State but responded with a straight set win, 6-4 6-2, over Granville of NAU.

Boise State’s Lilian Poling defeated senior Koonik, 6-2, 7-5, while fellow senior Tessa van Der Ploeg retired in her match against Kristin Kerrigan of Air Force, 6-4, 1-0 (ret.) . The final Cowgirl in action freshman Ana Fernandez lost both of her matches on the day. She fell to Ruth Copas, 6-3, 6-1, followed by a tough three setter to Louise-Mare Botes, 6-7, 6-3, 14-12.

UW will wrap the Bedford Cup Sunday. The Cowgirls return to action next Friday as they host the Wyoming Invite. The tournament will be Friday-Sunday and held at the UW Tennis Courts.