March 27, 2013

Women's tennis sweeps Colorado Mesa

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY – What a difference three days makes. The Northern Colorado Women's Tennis team was originally scheduled to host Colorado Mesa on Sunday, but due to inclement weather, the teams met on Wednesday instead under the sun at Butler-Hancock Courts.

The Bears (7-6) swept the visiting Mavericks (8-13), 7-0 and the two teams also played one doubles set at No. 7 and 8 singles that went unscored.

"We had a good day today throughout our entire lineup," Coach Brenda Vlasak. "The girls showed up to compete hard and work on a few things within their matches. Colorado Mesa was a great warm up match before our next conference opponent."

The Bears started the afternoon by winning all three doubles matches for the first point. Juniors Elizabeth Tapia (Panama City, Panama) and Stephanie Catlin (Basingstoke, England) swept the No. 1 doubles match, winning 8-0.

Catlin carried over the great play, winning in straight sets at No. 3 singles without dropping a single game, 6-0, 6-0.

Freshmen Claire Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) and Hilary Walters-West (Simi Valley, Calif.) each dropped only one game en route to straight set victories at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively.

All six Bears won their singles matches in straight sets, while sophomore Taylor Schumacher (Austin, Texas) won 8-2 at No. 7 singles, but freshman Madison Henning (Bozeman, Mont.) dropped an 8-2 game at No. 8.

The Bears return to Big Sky Conference action with matches against North Dakota and Sacramento State in Sacramento over the weekend.