Rick Parker, USU Staff Photographer
Freshman Gabrielle Dekkers

LOGAN — Utah State women’s tennis (9-10, 0-3 MW) lost a 4-2 decision to Wyoming (12-6, 2-1 MW) on Friday at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

The Cowgirls opened the match by taking the doubles point, capturing a 6-3 and No. 2 doubles, followed by a 6-4 win at the No. 1 spot.

Utah State quickly squared up the match when freshman Gabrielle Dekkers only dropped one game in each of her sets at No. 4 singles, posting a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Wyoming’s Ana Royo. Freshman Annaliese County stretched her match out to three sets at No. 3 singles, taking the second set 6-1 after losing the first 6-2. However, Wyoming’s Maria Oreshkina took the match with a 6-3 win in the third, giving the Cowgirls at 2-1 lead.

Sophomore Alexandra Pisareva was also pushed to three sets in No. 1 singles, dropping the first set 6-4, before coming back to take the second, 6-4. Pisareva was able to take the match 6-2, evening the score overall at 2-2. Action in No. 2 singles was also pushed to three sets as junior Lucy Octave lost a close 5-7, 6-4, 4-6 match to Wyoming’s Elisa Koonik, giving the Cowgirls a 3-2 lead.

Wyoming was able to wrap up the match with a 7-5, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles.

“That was a great battle and I was very proud of my team’s effort,” head coach Sean McInerney said. “We did a lot of really good things that we have been working on and even though we lost, I feel like we got better today.”

Utah State is back in action on Sunday, hosting Colorado State at 10 a.m. (MT), at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.


Wyoming 4, Utah State 2


1. Tessa van Der Ploeg/Elisa Koonik (WY) def. Alexandra Pisareva/Alexandra Taylor (USU) 6-4

2. Mihaela Kaftanova/Ida Krause (WY) def. Lucy Octave/Annaliese County (USU) 6-3

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3. Sidnee Lavatai/Gabrielle Dekkers (USU) vs. Ana Royo/Maria Oreshkina (WY) 6-5, unfinished


1. Alexandra Pisareva (USU) def. Tessa van Der Ploeg (WY) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

2. Elisa Koonik (WY) def. Lucy Octave (USU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

3. Maria Oreshkina (WY) def. Annaliese County (USU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

4. Gabrielle Dekkers (USU) def. Ana Royo (WY) 6-1, 6-1

5. Sidnee Lavatai (USU) vs. Ana Fernandez (WY) 3-6, 6-4, 3-2, unfinished

6. Ida Krause (WY) def. Alexandra Taylor (USU) 7-5, 6-2

Match notes:

Wyoming Cowgirls 12-6, 2-1 MW

Utah State 9-10, 0-3 MW

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,3,1,2,6)