Tennis recap: Rams drop season opener to Denver, 5-2

Kaley Schultz and Natalie Heffron were the only Rams to bring home victories for the Rams

Kaley Schultz and Natalie Heffron were the only Rams to bring home victories for the Rams

Jan. 29, 2012

By Amanda Bader
Athletic Media Relations
 
DENVER, Colo. - The Colorado State women’s tennis team fell, 5-2, late Saturday night to in-state rival Denver. Despite the loss, the Rams captured two points, two more than they won in their 2011 encounter with the Pioneers, providing a bright outlook on the upcoming season.
 
“Even though we lost the match, we showed improvement over the last time we played them,” said Head Coach Jon Messick. “We lost 7-0 at home last time and we won two away this year.”
 
In doubles, the Rams fell in all three matches, with the closest match at the No. 3 position. Sisters Adriana and Veronika Wojakowska dropped their match just a tiebreak behind the Pioneers, 8-7 (7-3).
 
Unfortunately for the Rams, it would be later in the evening until they saw their first victories. After dropping matches at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, it was Kaley Schultz and Natalie Heffron that clinched wins for the Rams.
 
After CSU fell in three straight singles matches, Schultz broke the streak and came off the courts with a 6-3, 6-2, win over Denver’s Emma Isberg. Following her lead was Heffron at No. 3 as she defeated Denver’s Caroline Schnell in a tie-breaking third set, 2-6, 6-2, 10-8.
 
“Even though we lost, the team showed that they were a lot better than last year and that the players were ready to get better,” said Messick. “We won at Nos. 3 and 4, which are fairly new spots, and I think we are getting a high level of play from our new players, which is always good to see.”
 
In the final match of the night Adriana Wojakowska trailed in a close tie-breaking third set, and eventually lost to Denver’s Natalie Dunn, 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 10-7.
 
The Rams will return home next week to take on Arkansas State at Miramont indoor courts for CSU’s home-opening match.


 

 

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