* University of Wyoming press release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., – It was a championship day for the Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team in their fall-opener at the Bedford Cup, hosted by the Air Force Academy.

Sunday was the fourth and final day of competition at the event and featured the bracket’s championship matches.

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Violetta Borodina and Sophie Zehender brought home gold Sunday in doubles play, thanks to an 8-6 win over the Boise State team of Nicole Discenza and Lorelyz Marruffo. For the week, the new tandem of Cowgirls went 5-0 overall.

“Overall, I felt like day-to-day we got better as a team, which is all that I wanted to accomplish this week,” said Head Coach Dean Clower. “As a team, we knocked a lot of rust off and by the end of the weekend, we were playing Cowgirl Tennis. A big congrats to Sophie and Violetta. That’s our first Bedford Cup title in program history and it was fun to watch them compete. Those two are a brand-new team together, so the sky is the limit for them.”

Wyoming is now for until the end of September when it returns to action at the Jon Messick Invitational hosted by Colorado State and the ITA All-America Championships in North Carolina.

Cowgirls Pick Up Singles Wins at Bedford Cup

Serina Abriola picked up a pair of singles victories Saturday on day three at the Bedford Cup hosted by the Air Force Academy. For the day, the Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team earned a quartet of singles consolation victories.

Abriola began the day with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) over Avery Pope. In her second win of the day, Abriola again won a thriller, this time over Idaho State’s Megan Lang Gould. Abriola won a three-set super set match, 6-3, 1-6 and 10-6.

Adel Ismagulova and Sophie Zehender each got a singles win to round out the day for the Cowgirls. Ismagulova a three-setter, 7-5, 4-6 and 10-6 over Angel Bean of Montana State. Zehender, meanwhile, won a tough matchup, 7-6 (7-5) and 7-5 over Zeynep Ozturk.

Wyoming closes its first fall tournament of the season Sunday, headlined by the Doubles Championship Match between Zehender and her partner, Violetta Borodina.

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