After sweeping all three doubles matches, the University of Northern Colorado women’s tennis team dropped four of six singles matches to lose 4-3 to Weber State Sunday in Ogden.
NC came off a dramatic 4-3 win over Idaho State Saturday, but was unable to put together back-to-back road trip wins.
“Today's loss was a heartbreaker for the team,” Bears head coach Brenda Vlasak said. “We came out very explosive in doubles and fizzled in a few of our singles matches.”
The Bears played outstanding in doubles play. The No. 1 team of Tabatha and Tiffany Knop defeated Greyce Farias and Elsje Beneke 8-3. Jill Kappel and Sydney Bell won 8-4 over Brittiny Moore and Caroline Drugge at the No. 2 spot.
In the final doubles match of the day Hannah Laforest and Jennifer Whateley rallied from a 6-3 deficit to beat Keya Jenkins and Kassia Adamson 8-7.
“I am happy that our doubles teams are finally coming together,” Vlasak said.
NC was unable to carry their doubles success into singles play. The Bears, however, got wins at the No.2 and No. 5 positions.
At No.2, Tiffany Knop defeated Farias 6-3, 6-3. Bell faced off against Drugge at No. 5 and won the three set battle 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.
After winning Saturday against Idaho State, Tabatha Knop was unable to pick up a victory against Jenkins at the No. 1 spot. Jenkins won in straight sets defeating Knop 6-4, 6-3.
In the other matches of the day, Whateley lost 6-1, 6-3 to Beneke in the No. 3 matchup. At No. 4 Weber State’s Moore defeated Luiza Xavier 6-4, 6-2. Kappel lost to Adamson in the last match of the day 6-4, 6-3.
Vlasak was pleased with the Bears’ doubles play, but their singles play left much to be desired.
“We really need to continue working on closing out matches and playing smart on important points,” Vlasak said.
After three weeks on the road, NC will return home for senior day this Saturday. They face North Dakota at the Butler-Hancock Tennis courts at 12 p.m.