March 31, 2013

Walters-West wins lone point for Women's Tennis

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

SACRAMENTO -- Northern Colorado's Hilary Walters-West has hit her stride on the tennis court, and she won her sixth straight match Sunday against Sacramento State.

The freshman from Simi Valley, Calif., was the lone Bear (8-7, 4-3 Big Sky) to win against the dominant Hornets (8-11, 7-0 Big Sky), who won their 100th consecutive Big Sky Conference match. Walters-West won in straight sets at No. 6 singles against Saskia Angerer 7-5, 6-3 for the 6-1 team score.

Sophomore Chrissie Hoolahan (Richmond, Surrey, England) battled tough at No. 5 singles, but dropped the third and deciding set 10-8 that was scored as a doubles pro set. She dropped the first set 6-3, but came back to win the second set 6-2 before eventually losing to Siobhan Ryan-Bovey.

"The team played well today," Coach Brenda Vlasak said. "Our energy was up the entire time and the team stepped up to the plate to compete against a tough Sacramento State team."

Sacramento State won all three doubles matches, as well as the remaining four singles matches in straight sets for the 6-1 win.

The Bears continue the long road stretch with matches at Portland State on Saturday and Lewis & Clark on Sunday.