Tennis plays with heart, earns win at UTEP

Junior Lauren Strasburger

Junior Lauren Strasburger

Feb. 17, 2008

EL PASO, Texas - The Colorado State women's tennis team picked up its second win of the season Sunday as the Rams defeated UTEP, 4-3, at the El Paso Tennis Club. Junior Lauren Strasburger earned her first win of the spring season and the game-clinching point for the squad.

The Rams (2-2, 0-0 MWC) had their hands full, facing a relentless Miners squad.

In doubles, competing at the No. 1 position, Strasburger and Hilary Tyler were able to pick up an 8-5 win for the team. After UTEP picked up the win at No. 3, it came down to the final doubles position. Sophomores Anette Pohjalainen and Laura Neal took their match all the way, winning in a tie-breaker, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.

In singles, the Rams brought an identical lineup as Saturday at New Mexico State, earning wins at the Nos. 1, 2 and 6 positions. At No. 2, Tyler earned her third victory of the year, winning in decisive fashion for the second time this weekend.

UTEP picked up wins at the Nos. 4 and 5 positions, giving the match a 2-all score.

Despite dropping her first set to at the No. 6 position, freshman Caitlin Fluegge was able to take the match to three sets and earn the point for the Rams. Fluegge picked up her third win of the young season and remains unbeaten.

Competing at No. 1 singles, Strasburger battled Weronika Bloczynska, taking the match to three sets. Winning the first and third sets, Strasburger managed to come out on top, earning her first singles victory of the dual season and clinching the match for the Rams.

"Our team showed a lot of heart," said Head Coach Jon Messick.



"We had to fight for it. UTEP played the conditions very well. But to beat a quality team on their home court, it was a solid win."

The Rams return to the court March 1, as they compete in their first home match against Gonzaga. The match is set for 6 p.m. at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness in Fort Collins, Colo.

Sunday's Results:
No. 1: Strasburger/ Tyler (CSU) def. Bloczynska/ Pritchard (UTEP) 8-5
No. 2: Pohjalainen/ Neal (CSU) def. DeLuca/ Fuentes (UTEP) 9-8 (7-5)
No. 3: Brightly/Michaud (UTEP) def. Seltsam/Stople (CSU) 8-5

No. 1: Lauren Strasburger (CSU) def. Weronika Bloczynska (UTEP) 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-1
No. 2: Hilary Tyler (CSU) def. Marina DeLuca (UTEP) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3: Megan Pritchard (UTEP) def. Laura Neal (CSU) 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 4: Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) def. Anette Pohjalainen (CSU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 5: Vicky Michaud (UTEP) def. Greer Satherlie (CSU) 6-4, 7-5
No. 6: Caitlin Fluegge (CSU) def. Amber Brightly (UTEP) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 (10-7)

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