April 9, 2010
By Justin Warren
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Despite one of the most impressive performances by an NCAA tennis player this season, Colorado State was unable to outlast BYU at Miramont South’s outdoor courts Friday and lost a heartbreaker, 4-3.
After falling in the first set, 6-1, and being down in the second, 5-1, Veronika Wojakowska took 12 of the next 15 games to pull out an impressive three-set victory at the No. 4 singles position over Elle Carney.
“It was one of the biggest comebacks I had ever seen,” Head Coach Jon Messick said. “She was down 6-1, 5-1, love-40 at match point, and comes back and wins. I haven’t seen a comeback like that, especially being down that many match points.”
But Wojakowska’s effort was not enough as BYU (6-11, 3-3 MWC) clinched the victory over the Rams (6-9, 1-2 MWC) at the No. 2 singles position when Tori Arneson fell in a tiebreaker in the third set, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (4), to Kristina Doerr.
“The team played great today,” Messick added. “We were literally within points of winning the match. We were a point away from winning the whole thing and a tiebreaker away from winning the whole thing. What we have been working on all year is to play hard and give ourselves a chance to win. We stayed with BYU all day today and that is all you can ask for. I am really proud of the team today.”
CSU gave a valiant effort in doubles competition to begin the match. Caitlin Fluegge and Lauren Mulhern took on Doerr and Chie Hayasaka, but fell 8-4 at No. 2. Then Melissa Holzinger and Wojakowska put the Rams back into contention for the doubles point with an 8-6 win at No. 3, topping Elizaveta Ezhova and Carney after erasing a 6-3 deficit. Holzinger and Wojakowska were down 30-love with the match tied 6-6, then dominated from that point forward.
and Arneson went up 3-0 early in their No. 1 doubles matchup against McCall Jones and Megan Price. Price and Jones fought back from a 6-3 deficit and took the match, 9-7, clinching the doubles point for BYU.
To begin singles, Hayasaka put the Rams down in the team score, 2-0, when she pulled off a two-set victory over Fluegge, 6-2, 6-2.
Neal attempted to bring CSU back, but fell in a close first set 7-5. Neal tied the second set at 3-3 and 4-4, but her opponent, Jones, outlasted her, taking the victory, 6-4.
At No. 2, Arneson defeated Doerr in a quick first set, 6-1, but Doerr bounced back in the second to win 6-2. In the third set, Arneson trailed 4-1 but won five consecutive games, then fell in a close tiebreaker, 7-6 (4).
After Wojakowska’s impressive win, the Rams bounced back, earning the last two wins, at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Holzinger won in quick fashion, defeating her opponent, Aubrey Paul, in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, and Mulhern took her match against Andie Young in two sets, 6-1, 6-2.
On Saturday the Rams are back in action against the Utah Utes at Miramont South. First serve is set for 1 p.m. Admission is free.
No. 1: McCall Jones (BYU) def. Laura Neal (CSU), 7-5, 6-4
No. 2: Kristina Doerr (BYU) def. Tori Arneson (CSU), 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (4)
No. 3: Chie Hayasaka (BYU) def. Caitlin Fluegge (CSU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 4: Veronika Wojakowska (CSU) def. Elle Carney (BYU), 1-6, 7-6, 6-2
No. 5: Melissa Holzinger (CSU) def. Aubrey Paul (BYU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6: Lauren Mulhern (CSU) def. Andie Young (BYU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 1: Jones/Price (BYU) def. Arneson/Neal (CSU), 9-7
No. 2: Doerr/Hayasaka (BYU0 def. Fluegge/Mulhern (CSU), 8-4
No. 3: Holzinger/Wojakowska (CSU) def. Carney/Ezhova (BYU), 8-6