April 13, 2014

Women's Tennis finishes Big Sky regular season with loss at Montana State

Collin Boyles

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- The Northern Colorado women's tennis team went into Sunday's match against Montana State with a solidified spot in the Big Sky Championship, but couldn't pull out a win, losing 5-2, in the regular season conference finale at the Anderson Tennis Center.

The Bears (8-9, 6-4 Big Sky) won three individual matches on the day including two singles matches and one doubles. Freshmen Laura Wehner (Richmond, New Zealand) and Courtney Schulte (Austin, Texas) each used a third set tiebreaker to win their respective singles matches. Senior Adriana Nieto (Southlake, Texas) and Schulte (Austin, Texas) won their second match of the weekend in No. 3 doubles.

For the second time in as many days, Nieto and Schulte began the day with a Bears win in doubles play, 8-2. The Bobcats took the No. 2 doubles match before sneaking by senior Stephanie Catlin (Basingstoke, England) and Coton at No. 1 in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-4), to take a 1-0 lead going into singles play.

Each of the top four singles matches went to Montana State in two sets, but the two freshmen student-athletes in the singles lineup for the Bears took momentum going into the team's next match. Wehner, in the No. 5 match, won her 11th decision of the season with a 6-0, 4-6, 10-3 final. Schulte finished up the day's action with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 win over Molly Crum.

Northern Colorado closes out the regular season with a road match against Colorado State before playing in the Big Sky in Sacramento, Calif., from April 25-27.

Montana State 5, Northern Colorado 2
April 13, 2014 at Bozeman, Mont. (Anderson Tennis Center)

Singles competition

No. 1: Iva Parapunova (MSU) def. Adriana Nieto (UNC) 6-3, 7-5
No. 2: Laura Middel (MSU) def. Stephanie Catlin (UNC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 3: Paulina Lopez (MSU) def. Chrissie Hoolahan (UNC) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4: Ellie Crum (MSU) def. Hilary Walters-West (UNC) 6-3, 6-2
No. 5: Laura Wehner (UNC) def. Wena Tsan (MSU) 6-0, 4-6, 10-3
No. 6: Courtney Schulte (UNC) def. Molly Crum (MSU) 6-3, 4-6, 10-5

Doubles competition
No. 1: Parapunova/Lopez (MSU) def. Catlin/Coton (UNC) 9-8 (7-4)
No. 2: Middel/E. Crum (MSU) def. Wehner/Hoolahan (UNC) 8-5
No. 3: Nieto/Schulte (UNC) def. Tsan/M. Crum (MSU) 8-2

Match Notes
Montana State: 8-10, 5-4 BSC
Northern Colorado: 8-9, 6-4 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)
Match Duration: 4 hours, 25 minutes