February 1, 2013

Women's tennis drops season opener

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

BOULDER, Colo. – The Northern Colorado Women's Tennis team opened its 2013 spring season with a tough test, facing Colorado on Friday afternoon and lost 7-0.

"Today was an eye opener for the team," Head Coach Brenda Vlasak said. "We didn't play as well as I thought we would and seemed very tight. We weren't swinging away too freely like I know we can."

Juniors Elizabeth Tapia (Panama City, Panama) and Stephanie Catlin (Basingstroke, England) were locked in a heated battle at number one doubles with Julyette Steur and Erin Sanders when the Buffs won on the two and three court for the doubles point. At the time the match was called, Colorado held the one break advantage, 7-5.

Freshman Claire Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) had the closest match on the scoreboard, losing the match in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 6 singles.

Tapia again battled Steur on the court, this time at number one singles, falling 6-2, 6-1. At No. 2 singles, senior Jennifer Buchanan (Fullerton, Calif.) also dropped the match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

Sophomore Chrissie Hoolahan (Richmond, Surrey, England) lost 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 singles, while freshman Hilary Walters-West (Simi Valley, Calif.) won one game in each set, falling 6-1, 6-1.

"Even though the score was 7-0, many of the actual match scores were not indicative of the matches," Vlasak said. "Today was a decent start to our season."

The Bears turn around and host Stephen F. Austin on Sunday at Work Out West. The match is scheduled for 10 am.