April 21, 2012

Women's tennis season ends with Big Sky Semifinals

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Northern Colorado women's tennis team faced the No. 52 team in the nation on their home turf in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Championship and came out on the losing side, 4-0 against Sacramento State.

"We fought hard today and proved that we can compete with any team we step foot on the court with," said Head Coach Brenda Vlasak. "The team has come a long way since the fall and we have accomplished many of the goals we set. We have a solid team foundation set and every player has bought into our team goals and philosophies."

The match was halted as soon as a team winner was determined, but for the second-straight week freshman Chrissie Hoolahan had a lead before having to leave the court. Hoolahan won the first set 6-2 and was up 2-1 in the second set.

Sacramento State won at number one and two doubles to take the early 1-0 lead and then won at number one, three and five singles for the team victory.

"I am extremely proud of Jenny Whateley and all her accomplishments throughout her four years as a Bear," said Vlasak. "She has been a constant dedicated team player and will always be remembered for her leadership and commitment to the team. She has a bright future ahead of her and we know that she will go on to do amazing things in her life."

The Bears conclude their season with a 9-9 overall record after posting a 5-3 record in the Big Sky to qualify for the post-season tournament for the first time since 2008.