March 3, 2013

Women's tennis battle at Gonzaga falls just short

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

SPOKANE, Wash. – Though the final scoreboard went in favor of Gonzaga, Northern Colorado Women's Tennis coach Brenda Vlasak was extremely pleased with the results, a 4-3 loss for the Bears on Sunday afternoon.

"We had a very solid match today with high energy and everyone from top to bottom played well," Vlasak said. "We did lose the match but I still consider it a win because of the quick improvements we made overnight from our EWU match to today's match."

Like Saturday's match against Eastern Washington, each team won three singles bout, but Gonzaga was able to win the all-important doubles point for the win.

The Bears won matches at No. 2, 5 and 6 singles, while the Bulldogs won at No. 1, 3 and 4.

Junior Elizabeth Tapia (Panama City, Panama) won her second-straight match and the 25th of her career in dual singles at Northern Colorado with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kylie Peek at No. 2.

Freshman Claire Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) also completed her sweep of the weekend with a three-set win over Alexandra Tallas. Uhle dropped the first set 6-2, but bounced back for the late break in the second set to win 7-5 and won the third set in a pro-set tiebreak, 10-4.

Fellow freshman Hilary Walters-West (Simi Valley, Calif.) also won in three sets, winning the first set with a 7-4 tiebreaker and the third set 10-3. She dropped the middle set 6-4.

"Uhle and Walters-West are making drastic improvements in their games," Vlasak said. "Lizzie Tapia continues to show the rest of the team how to get it done, she did a great job playing smart and finding a way to win no matter what -- against anyone she steps foot on the court with."

The Bears host Montana State on Saturday at 1 pm and then travel to Air Force on Sunday for a match against the Falcons, beginning at 4 pm.