Feb. 6, 2009
By Mackenzie Altman
Athletic Media Relations
BOISE, Idaho - - The Colorado State women's tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss to No.38 Boise State in its first match of the spring dual season. The Rams hit the court in Idaho Friday morning with a strong determination to win but the Broncos proved to be stronger than CSU expected.
"Initially we were excited to play a good team with a national ranking," said Head Coach Jon Messick. "It just turns out that we were not quite ready for this level of competition for our first time out this spring season."
In singles competition, junior Laura Neal had a chance to pull off a win at the No. 2 spot against No. 104 Pichittra Thongdach in the third set but fell to Thongdach 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Freshman Tori Arneson had a good showing, playing the No. 3 singles position against Klaudia Wlodarczyk. Arneson threatened to take the match into a third set but was defeated by Wlodarczyk, 6-2, 6-4.
"Laura played really well in all three sets considering that she played a nationally ranked player, No. 104 in the country," said Messick. "Tori came back strong in the second set but just could not make it to a third set."
The Rams had first match jitters as well as problems with timing during the spring opener. The Rams will have a chance to bounce back from the loss and gain their confidence back Saturday.
The Rams will take on Utah State Saturday in Boise, Idaho, hitting the court at 9 a.m. MST to compete in both singles and doubles competition.
No. 1: Lauren Megale (BSU) def. Lauren Strasburger (CSU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 2: #104 Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) def. Laura Neal (CSU), 2-6,6-1, 6-2
No. 3: Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Tori Arneson (CSU), 6-2, 6-4
No. 4: Laura Baum (BSU) def. Caitlin Fluegge (CSU), 6-0, 6-3
No. 5: Rocio Frej (BSU) def. Greer Satherlie (CSU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 6: Jana Mackova (BSU) def. Kirsten Stople (CSU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 1: Megale/Thongdach (BSU) def. Strasburger/Arneson (CSU), 8-1
No. 2: Baum/Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) def. Neal/Fluegge (CSU), 8-2
No. 3: Wlodarczyk/Frej (BSU) def. Satherlie/Stople (CSU), 8-0