The University of Wyoming tennis team reached double-figure wins for the season Saturday with a 7-0 victory against the Montana Grizzlies at the UW Tennis Complex.
The win improved the Cowgirls dual record to 10-5 on the season. It’s the 10th straight season the program has finished with 10-plus wins.
“This was a good win as a team today,” UW coach Dean Clower said. “I thought we executed at an extremely high level on every court. The great thing about this team is I feel like every time we step on the court we are getting better. The ladies will enjoy this win and be ready to get get back to work on Monday.”
In doubles against the Grizzlies, freshmen Mihaela Kaftanova and Ida Krause started the day with a 6-2 win against Lidia Dukic and Claudia Reguant at the No. 3 doubles, while the No. 2 team of junior Ana Royo and freshman Maria Oreshkina beat Lauren Dunlap and Nathalie Joanlanne, 6-4, to clinch the team point. Wyoming seniors Elisa Koonik and Tessa van Der Ploeg were up 5-4 over Bianca Bostrom and Julia Ronney at the No. 1 spot, which wasn’t completed.
UW’s van Der Ploeg started singles action with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Dunlap at No. 2, followed by a straight set win 7-5, 6-2, from the Cowgirls’ Oreshkina against Bostrom at No. 3. At the No. 1 singles spot, Koonik secured the UW win and the fourth point of the match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ronney.
Wyoming’s Rojo defeated Joanlanne 6-3, 7-5 at No. 4 and Kaftanova earned the sixth point of the day with her 6-2, 6-2 win over Alex Walker at No. 6. In the final match, Fernandez won in two sets 6-4, 7-5 against Dukic at No. 5.
The Cowgirls return to action at 2 p.m. March 29 when they begin Mountain West action against the New Mexico Lobos in Laramie.
Cowboys golf ties for 7th in Phoenix
The UW men’s golf team moved up two spots in Saturday’s final round of the Grand Canyon Invitational to tie for seventh place out of 18 teams, with a final team score of 853 (1 over par). The Cowboys shot an even par round of 284 in the final round.
Junior Dan Starzinski fired a one-under par final round of 70 to ignite the Pokes. He moved up two spots into a tie for fourth place out of 112 collegiate golfers. His final individual score of 207 (-6) was only two strokes behind individual tournament medalists McCain Schellhardt of Missouri-Kansas City and Derek Kim of Columbia, who tied for the individual title at 205 (-8).
As a team, Wyoming was balanced on the final day with three Cowboys (Starzinski, senior John Murdock and true freshman Tyler Severin) all posting one-under par rounds of 70. Another true freshman, Kirby Koe-Kirkham shot a three-over par final round of 74 to round out the four scores that counted toward the Pokes’ team score.
The fifth Cowboy who competed as a member of the team was sophomore Carl Underwood, who closed out the tournament with a 78 (7 over). Murdock tied for 27th place. Severin placed 37th. Coe-Kirkham tied for 66th, and Underwood tied for 80th.
Cowboy freshman Jimmy Dales tied for 84th, playing as an individual. The other Cowboy who competed as an individual was redshirt freshman Jared Edeen, who tied for 95th.
“Overall, I’m really proud of the guys for the way they played this week,” UW director of golf Joe Jensen said. “We moved up in each of the final two rounds, and were just one stroke out of finishing fifth. Dan (Starzinski) had a really nice tournament. He was only two strokes out of the individual title.
“One thing we will be talking about as a team is that every shot counts. We made some mental mistakes today that could have moved us up even further in the standings.
Missouri-Kansas City, which held a five-stroke lead over Missouri heading into the final round extended its winning margin to 14 strokes. The Kangaroos shot a final round of 276 (8 under) to finish with a 54-hole total of 829 (23 under) and outdistanced second-place University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley by 14 strokes. UT-Rio Grande Valley completed the tournament at 843 (9 under).