March 25, 2011
By Amanda Bader
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State women's tennis team extended its winning streak to three matches on Friday in a 6-1 victory over Weber State at the Rams’ University Tennis Complex.
In a historic match, CSU held its first dual competition at its new home venue, a $2 million facility that will host the Mountain West’s tennis championships April 27-30. The Rams also continued their spring-break momentum going into next week’s conference opener, extending their winning streak to three. CSU has now won five of its last six matches and now holds a season record of 7-5 (0-0 MWC). Weber State is now 3-6 (2-1 BSC).
"It is important that we have built confidence coming into the conference schedule," said Head Coach Jon Messick. "Conference teams are tough and if we go into that with some losses, that makes it harder, so I think we are right where we need to be."
Current Mountain West Player of the Week Melissa Holzinger extended her winning streak, winning in singles, 6-0, 6-2, and in doubles with partner Veronika Wojakowska, 8-0. With her victory over Weber State, Holzinger has wins in five of her last six matches.
CSU took an early lead in doubles as the Rams swept the Wildcats 3-0, notching the dual’s first point.
In singles, Lauren Mulhern assured the Rams victory when she denied Annika Karlsen at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-3, giving CSU a 4-0 lead over Weber State.
Mulhern, Wojakowska and Kaley Schultz each extended their winning streaks to three games as they notched wins in the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles positions, respectively.
In doubles to begin the afternoon, a Wojakowska volley put away the first doubles tilt, as the CSU junior and Holzinger needed a little more than 30 minutes to sweep Kristi Russell and Nittaya Phonharath, 8-0. Shortly after, Mulhern and Schultz clinched the doubles team point for the Rams with an 8-3 victory over Annika Karlsen and Michelle Warwick. Then, Caitlin Fluegge’s smash backhand return finished off her Wildcats doubles opponents, Naseem Eslami and Brittiny Moore, putting an exclamation point on an 8-3 triumph, with partner Tori Arneson.
"This is probably the best we have played all year, top to bottom," said Messick of the competition, which lasted just two hours, 40 minutes. "This was the best match of the year as far as consistency and competitive level."
Because the dual had already been decided by Mulhern's win, the final two matches were settled in a tie-breaking third frame instead of a full set.
Fluegge came out victorious in her tie-breaking third set against Eslami, after falling in the second set. Fluegge won 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (3).
Closing out the dual for CSU was Arneson as she fell in a tie-breaking third set, 6-4, 4-6, 0-1 (2), the Rams’ sole loss in the dual.
In a breast cancer awareness-themed match, the Rams sported pink uniforms and held a pink lunch for all fans prior to the competition. Colorado State also raised just over $450 that will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
In a pre-match program, Pat Reed from the Komen Foundation, which also services Larimer County, spoke to the audience. A two-time survivor of breast cancer, Reed wore a button that read 1 in 8, representing the national statistics that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, although the numbers grow to one in seven in Colorado.
"I thought that all the pregame events today were very touching," said Messick. "It made our first dual match on the new courts really special."
CSU also welcomed Gayle Spear and Teresa Roudell, two courageous women currently fighting breast cancer.
Up next for the Rams:
Colorado State will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., next week for two matches to kick off their Mountain West schedule, against San Diego State (April 1) and UNLV (April 2).
1 Fluegge/Wojakowska (CSU) def. Moore/Eslami (WSU) 8-3
2 Mulhern/Schulz (CSU) def. Karlsen/Warwick (WSU) 8-3
3 Holzinger/Wojakowska (CSU) def. Russell/Phonharath (WSU) 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1 Caitlin Fluegge (CSU) def. Naseem Eslami (WSU) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (3)
2 Brittiny Moore (WSU) def. Tori Arneson (CSU), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (2)
3 Lauren Mulhern (CSU) def. Annika Karlsen (WSU) 6-2, 6-3
4 Veronika Wojakowska (CSU) def. Michelle Warwick (WSU) 6-3, 6-1
5 Kaley Schultz (CSU) def. Kristi Russell (WSU) 6-3, 6-3
6 Melissa Holzinger (CSU) def. Nittaya Phonharath (WSU) 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 4, 3, 2, 5, 1
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