March 23, 2013

Women's Tennis takes out Big Sky newcomer Southern Utah

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY – The Northern Colorado Women's Tennis team continued to play strong tennis, winning its third-straight match and its third consecutive in Big Sky Conference action with a 4-3 victory over league newcomer Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams won three singles matches, with Southern Utah winning the top three ladder positions and the Bears (6-6, 3-2 Big Sky) winning the last three, but the Bears got the early lead by winning two of the three doubles matches for the team victory.

Senior Jennifer Buchanan (Fullerton, Calif.) and freshman Hilary Walters-West (Simi Valley, Calif.) got things started with an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles and the Bears clinched the doubles point when juniors Stephanie Catlin (Basingstoke, England) and Elizabeth Tapia (Panama City, Panama) won 8-5 at No. 1.

"We had a good match today against a tough Southern Utah team," Coach Brenda Vlasak said. "Our girls came out ready to play in doubles and worked hard to earn the point, which ended up being very important for us to get the win."

Walters-West carried over her strong play from doubles into singles action, dropping only two games in the match for the 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 6 singles. Walters-West has now won five of her last six singles matches.

"Hilary came out today to take care of business," Vlasak said. "She continues to steadily improve and has some of her best tennis ahead of her."

At No. 5 singles, Hoolahan also won in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-2 for her third consecutive victory.

"I am proud of Chrissie's performance today," Vlasak said. "She really played well. She was moving well, picking her targets wisely and finishing points."

The other singles victory for the Bears was at No. 4 as freshman Claire Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) won in a close straight sets battle, winning 7-5, 6-4.

"Claire was very determined today," Vlasak said. "She played a girl that didn't give up, but Claire stayed patient, worked the points well and proved how important her role is to the team today."

Southern Utah won the top three singles matches all in straight sets for its three points in the bout.

"The bottom half of our singles lineup played very well today," Vlasak said. "They were the key to our success."

The Bears will host Colorado Mesa on Wednesday, March 27 at 1 pm at the Butler-Hancock Tennis Courts. The match was rescheduled due to inclement weather in the area this weekend.