March 28, 2009
By Mackenzie Altman
Athletic Media Relations
OGDEN, Utah - - The Colorado State women's tennis team (5-8, 0-2 MWC) ended its weekend on a positive note with a non-conference victory against the Weber State Wildcats, 5-2.
The Wildcats (3-13) won two out of the three doubles matches entering into singles play with a 1-0 lead over the Rams. But the Rams stayed focused and determined, winning five out of the six singles matches, which led to their overall match win.
"It was tough losing the doubles points," said Head Coach Jon Messick. "It is kind of tough losing the doubles and then trying to win the overall match. Weber State outplayed us in doubles, which put us behind but we came back to win five out of six singles matches.
"The team came together," said Messick. "We did not let the doubles results bother us and we did a good job of focusing and getting the job done."
In doubles, the Rams earned a victory at the No. 1 spot with Laura Neal and Lauren Strasburger defeating Brittiny Moore and Caroline Drugge, 8-2. Despite the first win, the Rams were unable to clinch the doubles. The Wildcats earned both victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, earning them a 1-0 lead over the Rams.
In singles, the Rams turned their luck around, winning five out of six matches. Neal, playing at the No. 1 spot, easily defeated Greyce Farias, 6-0, 6-2. Strasburger had a tougher match at the No. 2 spot against Keya Jenkins but was able to hold on to the match, 6-4, 6-3.
Utah native and freshman Tori Arneson had her third consecutive battle at the No. 3 spot. Arneson battled it out with Drugge, taking the first set into a tiebreaker. Arneson took the first set 7-6 (5) and continued her hard-hitting fight, winning the second set 6-3 and the overall match in her hometown of Ogden.
The Rams earned victories at the No. 4 and No. 6 spots as well, which clinched the match. Greer Satherlie and Lauren Mulhern both defeated their opponents, 6-0, 6-4.
The Rams will continue conference play next Saturday, when they travel to California to face off with the San Diego State Aztecs.
No. 1: Laura Neal (CSU) def. Greyce Farias (Weber State), 6-0, 6-2
No. 2: Lauren Strasburger (CSU) def. Keya Jenkins (Weber State), 6-4, 6-3
No. 3: Tori Arneson (CSU) def. Caroline Drugge (Weber State), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
No. 4: Greer Satherlie (CSU) def. Brittiny Moore (Weber State), 6-0, 6-4
No. 5: Karlie Hancock (Weber State) def. Kirsten Stople (CSU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 6: Lauren Mulhern (CSU) def. Elsje Beneke (Weber State), 6-0, 6-4
No. 1: Neal/Strasburger (CSU) def. Moore/Drugge (Weber State), 8-2
No. 2: Farias/Jenkins (Weber State) def. Arneson/Stople (CSU), 8-5
No. 3: Hancock/Beneke (Weber State) def. Satherlie/Mulhern (CSU), 8-4