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CSU Tennis Defeats Air Force, Picks up First Conference Win

Emily Kirchem

Emily Kirchem

April 1, 2007

Fort Collins, Colo.-The Colorado State women's tennis team defeated the Air Force Falcons today by a final score of 6-1. This was the Rams' first win in conference this season; they currently stand at 6-8 (1-4 MWC) in 2007.

In doubles play, the Rams earned the team point winning at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. At No. 1, Kirchem/Tyler picked up their tenth doubles victory in dual play after defeating Abayan/Wilson, 8-6. At No. 2, Neal/Strasburger suffered their second straight loss, falling to Morgan/Walker, 8-2. At No. 3 doubles, Stople/Pohjalainen moved to 6-3 in 2007 with their victory over Kiser/Rudico, 8-4.

Laura Neal was pulled from the Rams' lineup after her loss at No. 2 doubles, due to illness. She is probable for Friday, but is currently listed as day-to-day.

In singles play, the Rams earned victories in five of the six matches. At No. 1 singles, Emily Kirchem returned to .500 in dual play after beating Chrstine Abayan, 7-5, 6-2; Kirchem in 5-5 on the season. At No. 2, Lauren Strasburger overcame her loss at No. 2 doubles to earn a win over Meghan Kiser in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. At the No. 3 position, Hilary Tyler picked up her second straight win and clinched the match for the Rams; she defeated Lauren Wilson, 6-2, 7-5. At No. 4 singles, Anette Pohjalainen dropped her match to Kelly Morgan, 6-1, 7-6 (5) for the Rams' only loss in singles play. At No. 5, Greer Satherlie earned a victory over Carissa Walker in a hard fought match that went to three sets. Satherlie won, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (6) and moves to 4-5 in dual play. At No. 6 singles, Kirsten Stople beat Erlyn Rudico 6-3, 6-4.

 

 

"Air Force always plays tough; they always seem to raise their level against good teams," head coach Jon Messick commented. "Without our No. 3 player (Laura Neal), I was proud that the depth in our lineup showed through."

Sunday's Results:

Doubles:

No. 1: Kirchem/Tyler (CSU) def. Abayan/Wilson (AFA); 8-6

No. 2: Morgan/Walker (AFA) def. Neal/Strasburger (CSU); 8-2

No. 3: Stople/Pohjalainen (CSU) def. Kiser/Rudico (AFA); 8-4

Singles:

No. 1: Emily Kirchem (CSU) def. Christine Abayan (AFA); 7-5, 6-2

No. 2: Lauren Strasburger (CSU) def. Meghan Kiser (AFA); 6-4, 6-1

No. 3: Hilary Tyler (CSU) def. Lauren Wilson (AFA); 6-2, 7-5

No. 4: Kelly Morgan (AFA) def. Anette Pohjalainen (CSU); 6-1, 7-6 (5)

No. 5: Greer Satherlie (CSU) def. Carissa Walker (AFA); 6-3, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (6)

No. 6: Kirsten Stople (CSU) def. Erlyn Rudico (AFA); 6-3, 6-4

Order of Finish: 2, 6, 3, 4, 1, 5

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