The University of Wyoming tennis team played at home for the first time in the 2019 spring schedule and dominated UTEP 6-1 at the UW Indoor Tennis Courts.

The Cowgirls (7-5 overall) won their third straight match. UW beat Montana State 4-1 in Casper on Friday.

UW took the doubles point by winning No. 1 and No. 3 doubles.

Elisa Koonik and Tessa van Der Ploeg won 6-2 over UTEP’s Kirsten Prelle and Kathleen Percengona at No. 1. UW’s Maria Oreshkina and Ana Royo followed with a 6-1 win at No. 2 over Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez.

Needing four wins to secure the team victory, UW picked up five in singles play.

Oreshkina won 6-1, 6-1 over Erandi Martinez at No. 3 to start single play.

Koonik beat UTEP’s Vanessa Valdez 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2 singles and Royo won 6-2, 6-4 over Percengona to give the Cowgirls a 4-0 lead.

With three matches in progress, van Der Ploeg clinched the win with a 3-6, 6-2 1-0 (10-6 tiebreaker) win over Prelle at No. 1 singles

Mihaela Kaftanova had the fifth win at No. 6 singles by a 6-1, 6-3 score.

“It was a late night coming back after playing in Casper yesterday,” Cowgirls coach Dean Clower said in a UW release. “e were professional about how we went about business today. We started off a lot stronger in doubles which is a bonus and in singles we are so tough from top to bottom.”

UW finishes the weekend with a doubleheader today. The Cowgirls host New Mexico State at 9 a.m. and Northern Arizona at 2 p.m.


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