March 30, 2013

Women's tennis blanks UND

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

SACRAMENTO – The Northern Colorado Women's Tennis team continues its strong play, winning its fifth consecutive match in shutout fashion over North Dakota at the Oro Del Rio Racquet Club in Sacramento on Saturday.

During the five-game streak, the Bears have shut out three of those opponents and are now 8-6 on the season and 4-2 in Big Sky Conference play.

"We played really well today," Coach Brenda Vlasak said. "Everyone was in the zone, confident and productive in their matches.  Our team did a nice job of staying focused and determined."

For the fourth time this year, the Bears swept all three doubles matches, with no tandem allowing the opponent more than three games.

Senior Jennifer Buchanan (Fullerton, Calif.) battled back from a tough second-set loss at No. 1 singles, 7-5, after winning the opening one 6-2 to win the third in a doubles pro set, 10-2.

"Jenn is in a tough spot and continues to compete hard against everyone she steps on the court with," Vlasak said. "She is a fighter and is continuing to build confidence and getting better every match."

Junior Stephanie Catlin (Basingstoke, England) also won in three sets in pro set fashion. She won the opening set 6-3 before losing 6-2 in the second set. She and Stephanie Biehn then went back-and-forth in the third set at No. 3, with Catlin eventually winning 12-10.

Junior Elizabeth Tapia (Panama City, Panama) won in straight sets at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), winning the deciding set in tiebreaker fashion.

Freshman Claire Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) didn't drop a single game at No. 4 singles, defeating Megan Sween, 6-0, 6-0 to improve to 6-1 at the fourth ladder spot. It is the second time in four matches she's blanked an opponent on the scoreboard and in the two competition's this week, she's lost just one game.

Sophomore Chrissie Hoolahan (Richmond, Surrey, England) won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 singles, while freshman Hilary Walters-West also won in straight sets, winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6.

The Bears remain in California, playing Sacramento State on Sunday before returning to Greeley for the week.