February 3, 2013

Women's tennis falls 6-1 in home opener


GREELEY – Just two days after opening their season at in-state rival Colorado, the Northern Colorado Women's Tennis team faced No. 62 Stephen F. Austin in its home opener, losing 6-1.

"Today, we fought hard against the number 62 team in the country," Head Coach Brenda Vlasak said. "We came out strong in doubles and really played well and are starting to piece things together."

The Bears won one of the three doubles matches as junior Elizabeth Tapia (Panama City, Panama) and junior Stephanie Catlin (Basingstoke, England) were victorious in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-5).

Freshman Claire Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) won the lone singles match for the Bears, dropping just one game in a lopsided 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 6.

"This team has a lot of potential," Vlasak said. "Match by match we are getting better. I feel like we are taking the necessary steps towards getting prepared for conference play."

Northern Colorado now has two weeks off from competition, hosting South Dakota State on Feb. 17 at 9 am. The match is scheduled for Work Out West.