Sept. 13, 2013
By Max Lerner
Athletic Media Relations
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Colorado State women’s tennis team opened up the 2013 fall season on Thursday, facing Marquette and Western Michigan on at the 38th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic.
The Rams, who were playing on clay courts for the first time in more than 15 years, dropped both matches, losing to Western Michigan 6-0 in singles and Marquette 3-0 in doubles.
“When you look at the scores and the results I don’t think it reflects the day we had, and how well we actually played,” said Head Coach Jon Messick. “We were missing two players, so everyone was playing at a higher position in the lineup than they’re used to.
“I thought everyone played very well, considering it was our first match. I thought we had good matches at No. 1 and No. 3, and I was really proud of how everyone competed out there.”
The Rams added a new member to their roster this season in local product Kwynn Ecton from Poudre High School. Ecton, who comes to CSU as a sophomore, spent her first collegiate season at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., where she posted a 6-9 record.
Ecton played both doubles and singles on Thursday dropping her first match in the green and gold, losing at No. 6 singles.
Although it wasn’t the start Ecton would have wanted with her new team, Messick is happy with how she has performed.
“Kwynn is making the transition very well,” Messick said. “Her attitude is very good so far, and I think that will make her transition from Division III to Division I a lot easier.”
CSU competed well at the No. 1 and No. 3 singles positions against Western Michigan. Natalie Heffron was narrowly edged out by Nini Sujashvili 7-6 (3), 7-5, while Mollie Cooper battled with Kathleen Hawkins, eventually losing in a tiebreaker.
In doubles the Rams lost all three sets to Marquette. Heffron and Adriana Wojakowska competed together at the No. 1 position before the Golden Eagles’ Erin Gebes and Ana Pimienta pulled away to take the set.
CSU will continue tournament play tomorrow, taking on Western Michigan in doubles beginning at 8 a.m. MT. The Rams will face Florida International in singles at 2 p.m. MT.
WESTERN MICHIGAN vs. COLORADO STATE
No. 1 Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Natalie Heffron (CSU) 7-6 (3), 7-5
No. 2 Meika Ashby (WMU) def. Adriana Wojakowska (CSU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Mollie Cooper (CSU) 6-7 (5), 6-4, 1-0 (3)
No. 4 Barbare Eristavi (WMU) def. Lauren Pick (CSU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 Kelsey King (WMU) def. Maddie Buxton (CSU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Kwynn Ecton (CSU) 6-0, 6-0
MARQUETTE vs. COLORADO STATE
No.1 Gebes/Pimenta (MU) def. Heffron/Wojakowska (CSU), 8-5
No. 2 Dawson/A. Hernandez (MU) def. Cooper/Pick (CSU), 8-3
No. 3 Foltinger/L. Hernandez (MU) def. Ecton/Buxton (CSU), 8-2
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