By HANNAH LaFOREST
OGDEN, Utah -- The Northern Colorado women's tennis team continued its strong doubles play of late Sunday and beat Big Sky Conference-rival Weber State 5-2 at Ogden Athletic Club.
The Bears (3-5, 3-1 Big Sky), who defeated Idaho State 5-2 yesterday in Pocatello, Idaho, pushed their doubles record Sunday to undefeated at every position in Big Sky action and got singles wins from Adriana Nieto, Elizabeth Tapia, Stephanie Catlin and Chrissie Hoolahan.
Northern Colorado's No. 1 doubles team of Catlin and Tapia continued to be a strong force when it defeated the Wildcats' Brittiny Moore and Ashley Tanner, 8-5. The Bears' No. 3 doubles team of Hoolahan and Jennifer Buchanan held off Thais Kurer and Carly Lloyd, 8-5, and clinched the doubles point.
The Bears' No. 2 doubles team of Jennifer Whateley and Nieto fought a close battle and came out with the win against Weber State's Michelle Warwick and Nittaya Phonharath, winning in a tiebreaker 9-8 (7-4).
"We have worked hard on fine-tuning our doubles play in practice, and it showed in our ability to sweep the doubles matches in both duals this weekend," said Head Coach Brenda Vlasak.
The singles matches saw close battles, but the Bears' pulled out wins at the Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6 positions. The run started with Nieto, a sophomore, knocking off Tanner in a close 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) decision. Tapia continued with a win against Warwick, 7-5, 6-3.
Catlin, a sophomore, then knocked off Annika Karlsen 6-3, 6-1 and clinched the win for the Bears.
Northern Colorado's final win came from a freshman, Hoolahan, who beat Kurer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
"We competed hard against a good team today," Vlasak said. "Winning two straight conference matches on the road isn't an easy thing to accomplish, but the team played hard, and we brought home two conference wins."
Vlasak's Bears will now take a couple weeks off before returning to action at home, with a 10 a.m. Thursday, March 15, nonconference match against South Dakota State at Work Out West.