April 15, 2012

Women's Tennis: 'We're Going To The 'Ship'

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY -- Freshman Chrissie Hoolahan continued her winning ways Sunday for the Northern Colorado women's tennis team, earning the Bears' lone point in a 6-1 loss to No. 59 Sacramento State at Butler-Hancock Tennis Courts.

Even though the Bears lost, Montana's win against Montana State on Sunday earned Northern Colorado (9-8, 5-3 Big Sky) its first bid to the Big Sky Conference Championship since 2008. The Bears will be the No. 4 seed and face top-seed Sacramento State (15-9, 8-0) in the semifinals Saturday, April 21, at Gold River Racquet Club in Sacramento.

Northern Arizona and Montana will meet in the other semifinal match.

"We fought hard today against a tough Sacramento State team," Northern Colorado coach Brenda Vlasak said. "We had opportunities in a few matches, and I feel like we are slowly closing the gap. I am extremely proud of my team for competing to the best of its ability today."

Hoolahan improved to 15-10 overall this season and 7-1 in Big Sky matches after not allowing the Hornets' Andrea Gomez Carus to earn a single point, winning 6-0, 6-0.

Sacramento State remained undefeated in Big Sky Conference play with the win.

"We qualified for [the] Big Sky Championship today and are among the final four in the conference, and I am so proud of my team right now," Vlasak said. "They have worked extremely hard and deserve this opportunity."