No. 5 Wyoming Outlasts No. 4 San Diego State 4-3 In 2015 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship Quarterfinal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The No. 5 Wyoming Cowgirls got a comeback win at No. 6 singles by Silviya Zhelyskova 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to rebound from losing the doubles point to eliminate No. 4 San Diego State 4-3 in a 2015 Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship quarterfinal squeaker that took three and a half hours to play.
Due to inclement weather, the quarterfinal match was played in the Linda Estes Tennis Indoor Center instead of the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium at the University of New Mexico. The Lobos are the host institution for the 2015 MW Tennis Championships.
The drama and tension started early, with a tightly contested doubles points. After splitting the first two courts, including a 9-7 tiebreaker win by Wyoming’s All-Conference pairing of Alma Espinoza and Christa Gecheva, it boiled down to the No. 3 match. SDSU’s Dora Somoracz and Paola Diaz clinched the double point on their sixth match point (and SDSU’s seventh overall) with a 7-5 win.
The drama then unfolded in singles, where Wyoming took Nos. 1, 3 and 4 and SDSU took No. 2 and 5, with all those matches going in straight sets, making it 3-3. That left it up to Zhelyzkova and Somoracz. SDSU’s Somotacz won the opening set 6-4, but Zhelyskova answered back in the second 6-3.
Everything was on serve through the opening four games at 2-2, but Zhelyskova broke Somoracz to make it 3-2, held serve and broke again to make it 5-2. With match point, Zhelyskova’s winner couldn’t be answered, and Wyoming had the win.
“This team is really competitive, and they don’t like to lose,” said head coach Dean Clower. “You should see when they play ping pong. Chess matches sometimes take six hours.”
Clower did assess his team moving forward to the semifinals.
“We have to play better in doubles. Kudos to San Diego State because they were great today, but we have to have that urgency.”
Wyoming with the win improved to 13-6 and advances to the semifinals at 3 p.m. on Saturday. San Diego State ends its season at 13-11.
Notes: Every match of the Mountain West Tennis Championships is available on the Mountain West Network, powered by Campus Insiders. Download the Mountain West app to your phone or tablet to catch all the action … Wyoming has now won seven of its last eight quarterfinal matches, and it’s the third straight year they won 4-3 in the quarters.