March 22, 2013

Women's Tennis earns sweep over Metro State

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY -- It wasn't just its opponents Northern Colorado Women's Tennis had to battle Friday -- it was also the cold and snow that rolled into Greeley.

The team was able to "Bear Down" however and defeat Metro State 6-0 for its second straight win.

"The weather was not good today," Northern Colorado coach Brenda Vlasak said. "The girls handled it well, though. The wind often makes for an even playing field and the team understood that everyone was playing under the same conditions. They didn't let the weather affect them and they were very determined to get the job done."

The Bears (5-6) will have a short turnaround as they host Big Sky Conference newcomer Saturday at noon. That match will be played at Work Out West due to the inclement weather that hit on Friday afternoon. The team also announced the match originally scheduled for Sunday against Colorado Mesa has been moved to March 27 at 1 pm.

"Today was a great warm-up for our conference match against Southern Utah on Saturday," Vlasak said.

The Bears started the afternoon by sweeping all three doubles matches for the early 1-0 lead. The women then won five singles matches in straight sets, while the No. 1 match between senior Jennifer Buchanan (Fullerton, Calif.) and Cara Cromwell did not finish before the weather got too extreme.

Juniors Elizabeth Tapia (Panama City, Panama) and Stephanie Catlin (Basingstoke, England) started the afternoon with an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles, while the No. 2 team of freshman Claire Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) and sophomore Chrissie Hoolahan (Richmond, Surrey, England) won 8-5 and Buchanan and freshman Hilary Walters-West (Simi Valley, Calif.) won 8-3 at No. 3.

Tapia (No. 2), Uhle (No. 4) and Walters-West (No. 6) all shut out their singles opponents, winning 6-0, 6-0, while Catlin won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 and Hoolahan won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 to complete the sweep.