Cowgirl tennis hosts Nevada, Fresno State this weekend
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team will host its only two home Mountain West matches of the season this weekend as UW welcomes Nevada and Fresno State to town.
Wyoming and the Wolf Pack will face off April 10 at 9 a.m., while the match with the Bulldogs will be at approximately 1 p.m., April 11. Saturday and Sunday’s matches will be the first home Mountain West tilts for the Cowgirls since 2019.
Wyoming (7-6, 1-2 MW) enters the weekend after a split down at Air Force last weekend, losing to the Falcons 4-2, before bouncing back for a 4-2 victory of its own over New Mexico. With the win over UNM, the Cowgirls improved to 4-0 in neutral site matches this season.
Wyoming was able to win four of the five completed singles matches Saturday to secure the win after dropping the doubles point to begin the day.
New Mexico (7-4, 1-2 MW) got wins at the No. 1 and 2 doubles spots to earn the doubles point in the match. Mihaela Kaftanova and Ida Krause got the Cowgirls their lone win in doubles play, winning at the third spot, 7-5.
In singles, Wyoming won at the No. 1, 2, 4 and 5 positions to come away with the victory. All four wins were straight-set victories. Lucia Malinak got the first win of the day at the No. 5 spot with a quick 6-0, 6-2 win over UNM’s Albie Huang. At the No. 1 spot, Maria Oreshkina’s 6-3, 6-1 win over Polly Chen gave the Cowgirls a 2-1 lead in the match.
Sophie Zehender got the victory at No. 2 singles, winning 6-3 and 7-6 over Natasha Munday, and at the number four spot, Noesjka Brink secured the win with her 7-5, 6-3 hard-fought win over Myu Kageyama.
The Cowgirls are now off for a week as they prepare to host their lone conference weekend of the season April 10 and 11 as Nevada and Fresno State come to town. Saturday’s match with the Wolf Pack is set for 9 a.m., while Sunday against Fresno will be at 1 p.m.
Brink leads the Cowgirls with a .800 (8-2) winning percentage in singles matches this season, while Zehender continues to lead the team with nine singles victories. The Cowgirls also have four different sets of doubles teammates that have winning records in 2021, led by Fernandez and Zehender’s 9-3 mark.
Nevada enters the weekend with a 5-5 mark and a 0-4 record in conference play. The Wolf Pack does have a winning record on the road this season, at 4-3. Fresno State, meanwhile, is 10-4 on the season and 3-1 in MW play. The Bulldogs are coming off their first league loss of the season last Saturday at San Jose State, 4-3. The Cowgirls also lost at SJSU, 4-3.
* University of Wyoming press release