February 17, 2013

Women's tennis sweeps South Dakota State

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY – The Northern Colorado Women's Team dominated on Sunday, defeating South Dakota State 6-0 at Work Out West.

"The team did a good job today," Head coach Brenda Vlasak said. "We had a few matches get a little tight, but I feel like we're headed in the right direction. The girls came out with tons of energy and proved how hard they can fight."

The Bears (1-2) started the morning winning two of the three doubles matches for the first team point. Eliabeth Tapia (Panama City, Panama) and Stephanie Catlin (Basingstoke, England) combined to win 8-5 at No. 1 doubles, while sophomore Chrissie Hoolahan (Richmond, Surrey, England) and freshman Claire Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) won 8-6 at No. 2 doubles.

Senior Jennifer Buchanan (Fullerton, Calif.) came out and won a hard-fought three-set battle at No. 1 singles. Buchanan won the first set 6-2, but dropped the second set 6-3 to Ffion Davies before bouncing back to win the third set 6-4.

"Jenn Buchanan really stepped up today," Vlasak said. "She played to her ability, fought hard and never gave up."

Tapia also fought back to win in three sets at No. 2 singles. She dopped the opening set in a tiebreaker, losing 7-6 (7-5) but buckled down to win the final two sets, 6-3, 6-2.

Catlin won in straight sets at No. 3, defeating Florencia Magni 6-1, 6-3.

Hoolahan won a thriller at No. 4 singles against Beatriz Souza. Hoolahan lost the opening set 6-4, but won the second by the identical score to knot the match at one-set each. Hoolahan got the late break of serve to win the third and deciding set, 7-5.

Uhle continued to play well for the Bears, winning in straight sets at No. 5 singles over Tacy Haws-Lay 6-2, 7-5.

Sophomore Taylor Schumacher (Austin, Texas), making her singles debut this season, was leading 3-2 in the first set at No. 6 singles when the match was called due to time constraints.

The Bears begin Big Sky Conference action on Saturday at 1 pm against Montana. The match is slated for Work Out West.