April 13, 2012

Women's Tennis falls just short during in-state battle

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- At both No. 5 and No. 6 singles for Northern Colorado, winning has been a consistent theme as those two spots have won nine of the last 10 matches and that continued against in-state rival Colorado State, but the Bears couldn't quite get enough momentum, falling 4-3 on Friday.

"The team battled well today," said Head Coach Brenda Vlasak. "I thought this was going to be the year that we finally beat CSU, but we just came up short.

All three points for the Bears came at the bottom three ladder positions as Stephanie Catlin defeated Veronika Wojakowska in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4. Playing at No. 5 was sophomore Jennifer Buchanan who won a tough three-setter, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 and freshman Chrissie Hoolahan continued her stellar freshman year with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Emese Kardhordo at No. 6.

"Our team is pretty solid throughout and we have a lot of depth," said Vlasak. "I am especially pleased with our 4-6 players consistently showing up and bringing home some wins."

The Bears, uncharacteristically, dropped all three doubles matches to start the event, though Elizabeth Tapia and Catlin lost in a long tiebreaker, 8-7 (9-7).

"Our doubles was a little flat at times and not as consistent as previous matches," said Vlasak. "We had many opportunities but didn't capitalize when it counted."

The Bears are rooting for Montana this weekend because if the Lady Griz defeat Montana State, Northern Colorado claims a spot in the Big Sky Conference Championship. That match takes place on Sunday morning.