Tennis recap: Rams drop match to Vandals, 5-2

Natalie Heffron defeated Idaho's Molly Knox, 6-2, 6-0

Natalie Heffron defeated Idaho's Molly Knox, 6-2, 6-0

Feb. 18, 2012

By Amanda Bader
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women's tennis team fell 5-2 to the Idaho Vandals Friday in front of a home crowd of 156 in a night to honor fans. Colorado State's victories were contributed by freshmen Natalie Heffron and Adriana Wojakowska.

Meeting for the first time since 2006, CSU (2-3, 0-0 Mountain West) began the night with a sweep in doubles, falling in all three slots.

In a close 9-7 match, Emese Kardhordo and Lauren Mulhern battled their Idaho (6-3 0-0 WAC) opponents but unfortunately came up empty-handed. Next to drop their match was Adriana and Veronika Wojakowska, followed by Tori Arneson and Kaley Schultz.

"Idaho State is a really good team and they competed well tonight," said Head Coach Jon Messick. "That being said, I thought in both doubles and singles there were a lot of opportunities to turn things around, and that just didn't happen."

In singles, CSU was quick to tie up the score at 1 as Heffron tallied a victory, defeating her opponent in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.

Following Heffron's match, the Rams dropped three straight matches. Schultz was first, falling 6-0, 6-2. Next to come off the courts was Arneson, who battled on until the last minute, taking her match to three sets before being defeated, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4. Also fighting to make a comeback was Mulhern, taking her first set to a tie-breaking decision before falling in the second, 7-6 (0), 6-3.

Notching Colorado State's final win of the night was Adriana Wojakowska, defeating Beatriz Flores after Flores retired from her match due to illness with Wojakowska up in the first set, 5-3.

"They just didn't let us in," said Messick. "We got points in matches where we could have gotten in and they stopped us and I give them credit for that."
The Rams will host an 'Orange Out' against New Mexico State Saturday at 5 p.m. MST. Matches will be held at the Miramont Indoor Tennis Complex in south Fort Collins behind Sam's Club on Oakridge Drive. Admission is free and open to the public.

Fridays results:
Victoria Lozano def. Tori Arneson, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4
Almudena Sanz def. Lauren Mulhern, 7-6 (0), 6-3
Natalie Heffron def. Molly Knox 6-2, 6-0
Sophie Vickers def Kaley Schultz, 6-0, 6-2
Alejandra Lozano def. Emese Kardhordo, 6-1, 6-2
Adriana Wojakowska def. Beatriz Flores, 5-3 (retired)
Order of finish: 3, 4, 1, 2, 6, 5

Flores/V. Lozano def. Arneson/Schultz, 8-6
A. Lozano/Knox def. Kardhordo/Mulhern, 9-7
Vickers/Sanz def. A. Wojakowska/V. Wojakowska, 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1



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