Kaley Schultz, Tori Arneson and Melissa Holzinger seized CSU's sole singles victories against UNM
April 14, 2011
By Amanda Bader
Atheletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Senior Melissa Holzinger boasted her fourth-consecutive win Thursday afternoon, but the Rams sustained a tough, 4-3 team loss to New Mexico at the USAFA Cadet Gymnasium.
The Lobos' victory over the Rams allowed UNM (8-12, 1-0 MWC) to snap its six-match losing streak, pushing Colorado State back to a season record of 8-10, 0-5 MWC.
"We need the team to step it up," said Head Coach Jon Messick. "We have players that are just not focused, and that's where we are struggling."
In doubles, CSU lost at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions, allowing UNM to seize the first point of the dual. A late 9-8 victory with an impressive 10-1 finish in a tiebreaker at the No. 1 position by Caitlin Fluegge and Tori Arneson halted the Lobos' attempt at a doubles sweep.
In singles, UNM did not let up on the Rams, as it clinced victories in the next four matches, assuring the Lobos' win for the day.
Even though the Lobos gained the first two dual points, CSU did not yield the matches without a fight. At No. 1 singles Fluegge fell in her first set, 6-4, against Michaela Bezdickova before making a desperate attempt in the second set, but eventually fell in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (4).
At No. 2 singles, Tori Arneson also held on, extending her match to three sets before defeating Anya Villanueva, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, allowing the Rams to gain a dual point.
Despite the early defeat, Colorado State held its ground once again in the team's final two matches of the day. At Nos. 5 and 6, Kaley Schultz and Holzinger were able to defeat their respective opponents in straight sets.
Holzinger's 6-0, 6-4, win against UNM's Michaela Oldani assured her fourth consecutive victory on the season.
"Melissa has bee playing solid," said Messick. "It is just disappointing that we can't get the rest of the team to step it up."
In last year's match against the Lobos, the Rams were able to take an early lead, notching dual points in both the doubles slot and No. 1 singles. Fluegge and Holzinger were also able to clinch victories, allowing Colorado State to secure a close 4-3 win.
On Friday, CSU will face off against TCU in its second conference matchup of the weekend, also in Colorado Springs, Colo. First serve is set for 10 a.m. MT.
New Mexico 4, Colorado State 3
1. Fluegge / Arneson (CSU) def. Villanueva / Ashley Bonner, 9-8(1)
2. Grbac / Oldani (NM) def. Mulhern / Schultz, 8-4
3. Bezdickova / Eggleston (NM) def. Wojakowska / Holzinger, 9-7
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Michaela Bezdickova (NM) def. Caitlin Fluegge, 6-4, 7-6(4)
2. Tori Arneson def. Anya Villanueva (NM), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
3. Nikolina Grbac (NM) def. Lauren Mulhern, 6-4, 6-2
4. Kristin Eggleston (NM) def. Veronika Wojakowska, 7-6, 6-3
5. Kaley Schultz (CSU) def. Laura Richardson, 6-3, 6-4
6. Melissa Holzinger (CSU) def. Michaela Oldani, 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 1, 2, 6, 5
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