The University of Wyoming tennis teams closed picked up a pair of wins Sunday to close out a weekend home stand at the UW Tennis Complex.
The Cowgirls improved to 9-5 this season with 4-1 wins against New Mexico State and Northern Arizona. The second win was UW coach Dean Clower’s 100th victory in his coaching career, which have all been at Wyoming since being promoted to head coach in 2012.
“It’s never been about me. It’s about us and this program,” Clower said. “Ironically, we played against NAU which is coached by one of our former assistants (Ewa Bogusz), who helped our program grow. It’s about the former players and all of the people that helped us along the way.”
Against New Mexico State, the Cowgirls went 2-1 in doubles to gain the first team point. UW seniors Elisa Koonik and Tessa Van Der Ploeg defeated Harsha Challa and Gavi Kalaga 6-4 at No. 1 doubles. UW junior Ana Royo and freshman Maria Oreshkina sealed the point with a 6-2 win against Chloe Gavino and Rebecca Keijzerwaard at No. 3 doubles.
The Cowgirls then won three of four singles matches to beat the Aggies. van Der Ploeg beat Keijzerwaard 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles; Koonik defeated Lindsay Harlas 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles; and Royo went three sets to beat Neus Torregrosa 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
Against the NAU Lumberjacks, UW started with winning the doubles point at 2-1. Royo and Oreshkina beat Ellie Millard and Hanneke Lodewijks 6-4 at No. 2, and freshmen Mihaela Kaftanova and Ida Krause defeated Emilie Haakansson and Madi Moore 6-1 at No. 3.
The Cowgirls needed just two wins in singles after the Lumberjacks had to default at No. 6 singles. Securing the win was Koonik against Millard 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 and Oreshkina at 7-5, 6-3 against NAU’s Adrianna Sosnowska.
The Cowgirls will next host Montana at 10 a.m. on March 16.
LHS school records fall
The Laramie High indoor track and field teams re-wrote several school records during last weekend’s Wyoming State Indoor Track and Field Championships in Gillette.
Lady Plainsman junior Aubry Sanchez broke the school record in the pole vault at 11 feet, 6 inches. The LHS girls 4x200 relay team of junior Emmy Johnson, senior Ketisa Akambasi, Sanchez and junior Rachel King set a new record of 1 minute, 47.28 seconds. Johnson also set a school record of 58.56 in the 400 and sophomore Taylor Gardner broke the record in the triple jump at 34-10½.
Plainsmen senior Jason Upton broke the record in the long jump with a leap of 23-2.
The Lady Plainsmen won their first-ever state title and the Plainsmen finished fifth, just 2½ points behind third place.