No. 4 Wyoming Defeats No. 5 Air Force to Advance to the Semifinals of the 2012 MW Women's Tennis Championship

April 26, 2012


SAN DIEGO - Fourth-seeded and No. 62 Wyoming defeated fifth-seeded Air Force, 4-0, in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship Thursday at Aztec Tennis Center. Wyoming won the doubles point and secured decisions at the No. 1, 2 and 3 singles positions to advance to Saturday's semifinal.

The Cowgirls captured the early point to open the day after they won matches at the No. 1 and 3 doubles spots, respectively. The Wyoming duo of Jessica Parizher and Silviya Zhelyzkova downed Christine Molina and Tiffany Tran, 8-1, before No. 51 Veronica Popovici and Simona Synkova defeated Tahlia Smoke and Melissa Cecil, 8-6, at the top of the order.

In singles, Wyoming's top player, Popovici, earned a 6-1, 6-0, win over Cecil at No. 1. Later at No. 3, Szandi Kovacs was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Smoke. The clinching match occurred at No. 2 where Synkova downed Molina, 6-1, 6-4, to give the Cowgirls their fourth team point of the match.

Wyoming will face top-seeded and No. 32 TCU on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT at Aztec Tennis Center.


No. 62 Fourth-Seeded Wyoming 4, Fifth-Seeded Air Force 0
Aztec Tennis Center | San Diego, Calif.

Doubles
1. No. 51 Veronica Popovici/Simona Synkova (WY) def. Tahlia Smoke/Melissa Cecil (AF), 8-6
2. Hannah Dake/Natasha Rizvi (AF) vs. Sasa Nemcova/Szandi Kovacs (WY), 5-5 unfinished
3. Jessica Parizher/Silviya Zhelyzkova (WY) def. Christine Molina/Tiffany Tran (AF), 8-1

Singles
1. Veronica Popovici (WY) def. Melissa Cecil (AF), 6-1, 6-0
2. Simona Synkova (WY) def. Christine Molina (AF), 6-1, 6-4
3. Szandi Kovacs (WY) def. Tahlia Smoke (AF), 6-3, 6-4
4. Sasa Nemcova (WY) vs. Tiffany Tran (AF), 6-2, 3-3 unfinished
5. Jessica Parizher (WY) vs. Hannah Dake (AF), 7-5, 2-3 unfinished
6. Natasha Rivzi (AF) vs. Silviya Zhelyzkova (WY), 6-3, 2-5 unfinished

Order of finish
Doubles: 3, 1
Singles: 1, 3, 2


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