April 15, 2014

Women's Tennis beat Rams for first time in DI era to close regular season

Collin Boyles

– Northern Colorado Women's Tennis faced an early deficit on Tuesday afternoon against Colorado State but lost just one singles match to take the regular season finale at the University Tennis Complex, 5-2.

The Bears (9-9, 6-4 Big Sky) won six matches on the day against the Mountain West Conference opponent, including five singles matches to secure a win against CSU for the first time since UNC joined Division I. Every Bear student-athlete to step on the court won a match in front of a crowd of 57.

The first two doubles matches went to the Rams before the Bears began to win six of the next seven overall matches. Senior Adriana Nieto (Southlake, Texas) and freshman Courtney Schulte (Austin, Texas) started this trend with an 8-6 win in the No. 3 doubles match against Mollie Cooper and Celine Voss.

Freshmen Laura Wehner (Richard, New Zealand) and Beth Coton (Bolton, England) opened up singles play with two quick match wins, taking their respective matches in straight sets while each allowing only one point. Coton first won 6-1, 6-0 before Wehner put the Bears on top with a 6-0, 6-1 win. CSU went on to take the No. 1 match to tie the team score at 2-2.

Senior Stephanie Catlin (Basingstoke, England) and sophomore Hilary Walters-West (Simi Valley, Calif.) secured a team win for the Bears after winning the next two matches. Catlin, in the No. 2 match, won in two sets 6-4, 6-1 followed by a three-set win by Walters-West in the No. 4 match 6-3, 4-6,  6-2. Junior Chrissie Hoolahan (Richmond, Surrey, England) capped the team win with another singles victory in the No. 3 spot. Hoolahan's match went down to a second set tiebreaker while winning 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

The Bears will wait to see its opponent in the Big Sky Championship until the final matches of conference teams on Sunday, April 20. The Big Sky Championship will be held in Sacramento, Calif., from April 25-27.

Northern Colorado 5, Colorado State 2
April 15, 2014 at Fort Collins, Colo. (University Tennis Complex)

Doubles competition

No. 1: Heffron/Wojakowska (CSU) def. Catlin/Coton (UNC), 8-2
No. 2: Pick/Schultz (CSU) def. Wehner/Hoolahan (UNC), 8-4
No. 3: Nieto/Schulte (UNC) def. Cooper/Voss (CSU), 8-6

Singles competition

No. 1: Adriana Wojakowska (CSU) def. Adriana Nieto (UNC), 6-4, 6-1
No. 2: Stephanie Catlin (UNC) def. Lauren Pick (CSU), 6-4, 6-1
No. 3: Chrissie Hoolahan (UNC) def. Mollie Cooper (CSU), 6-4, 7-6 (3)
No. 4: Hilary Walters-West (UNC) def. Maddie Buxton (CSU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
No. 5: Laura Wehner (UNC) def. Celine Voss (CSU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 6: Beth Coton (UNC) def. Kwynn Ecton (CSU), 6-1, 6-0

Match Notes

Northern Colorado: 9-9, 6-4 Big Sky
Colorado State: 3-12, 0-5 Mountain West
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3): Singles (6, 5, 1, 2, 4, 3)