March 17, 2014

Wind serves factor in Women's Tennis win at Southern Utah

Collin Boyles

CEDAR CITY, Utah -- In the final match of the day, Mother Nature showed up to end the Northern Colorado women's tennis team's match against Southern Utah on Monday. The Bears (7-5, 5-0 Big Sky) were leading the Thunderbirds (3-6, 0-3 Big Sky) 5-4 in the No. 2 doubles spot before a win by default to take a 4-3 team victory.

Both teams won three singles matches on the day while the Bears swept doubles action. The doubles point towards the final is UNC's eighth team doubles win in the last nine matches.

"The wind definitely play a factor today in our match and was a true equalizer," Head Coach Brenda Vlasak said. "Our team was prepared for the possible conditions and approached the match with a 'never give up' attitude.

"Halfway through the match we were down 3-2 and I'm very proud that both Hilary (Walters-West) and Laura (Wehner) found it within themselves to grind out the win for the Bears."

The first three UNC singles participants were sent down in two sets by SUU, but the next three went to the Bears in two sets. Sophomore Hilary Walters-West (Simi Valley, Calif.) in the No. 3 spot and freshman Laura Wehner (Richard, New Zealand) in the No. 4 had to go to extra points to win their matches, 6-0, 7-6 (8-6) and 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, respectively. Freshman Beth Coton (Bolton, England) was able to win in the No. 6 singles spot 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles action was led off by Coton and senior Stephanie Catlin (Basingstoke, England) who won the No. 1 spot 8-2. Senior Adrianna Nieto (Southlake, Texas) and freshman Courtney Schulte (Austin, Texas) won the No. 3 spot 8-4 before the No. 2 match was won by default.

"The last time we played this team was at the Big Sky Championships and Southern Utah brough home the win," Vlasak said. "It was very nice today to beat them on their turf."

The Bears will be back on the court quick while heading to Flagstaff, Ariz., on Wednesday. Northern Colorado will be taking on Northern Arizona in the middle of the Big Sky schedule.

Northern Colorado vs. Southern Utah - Cedar City, Utah
Singles competition

No. 1: IVANOVA, Alex (SUU-W) def. NIETO, Adriana (UNC) 6-2, 6-2
No. 2: ROGOVA, Veronika (SUU-W) def. CATLIN, Stephanie (UNC) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3: MARUSHKO, Jane (SUU-W) def. HOOLAHAN, Chrissie (UNC) 6-2, 6-3
No. 4: WALTERS-WEST, Hilary (UNC) def. VASILEVA, Nastia (SUU-W) 6-0, 7-6 (8-6)
No. 5: WEHNER, Laura (UNC) def. SKARAS, Madeline (SUU-W) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
No. 6: COTON, Beth (UNC) def. LUNDIN, Sarah (SUU-W) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition
No. 1: CATLIN, Stephanie/COTON, Beth (UNC) def. IVANOVA, Alex/VASILEVA, Nastia (SUU-W) 8-2
No. 2: HOOLAHAN, Chrissie/WEHNER, Laura (UNC) def. ROGOVA, Veronika/MARUSHKO, Jane (SUU-W) retired
No. 3: NIETO, Adriana/SCHULTE, Courtney (UNC) def. SKARAS, Madeline/LUNDIN, Sarah (SUU-W) 8-4