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Tennis completes Day 1 of competition at the CU-Boulder Invite

Junior Lauren Strasburger

Junior Lauren Strasburger

Sept. 28, 2007

BOULDER, Colo.- - The Colorado State women's tennis team completed its first day of competition at the CU Invitational Friday. The Rams finish the day with a 3-5 singles record and go 1-1 in doubles play.

In doubles, the Rams competed in the No. 1 and No. 2 flights, gold and black, respectively. In the top flight, junior Lauren Strasburger and senior Hilary Tyler fell to Tabatha Knopp and Manuela Santos of Northern Colorado, 8-5. In the black flight, sophomores Laura Neal and Anette Pohjalainen earned a victory over Jodi Ciarvella and Natalia Agarycheva of Northern Colorado, 8-4.

In singles, the Rams compiled a 3-5 record, dropping all four of their first-round matches. In the second round, CSU bounced back winning three of the four matches.

In the main singles draw, the Rams were represented by Strasburger and Tyler. Strasburger dropped her match to M. Kalashnikova of Oklahoma, 6-4, 6-1, then defeated Karen Groll of Northern Colorado, 6-3, 6-1. She will face Tabatha Knopp of Northern Colorado Saturday in the semifinals of the backdraw. Tyler also competed in the singles maindraw. She lost to Gleisy Torres Torres of Colorado, 6-4, 6-4, before beating Manuela Santos of Northern Colorado in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. She will play Christi Baxley of Colorado in Saturday's semifinals match of the backdraw.

The Rams went 1-3 in the lower singles flight, in which Pohjalainen and junior Greer Satherlie split their matches, losing in Round 1, then rebounding and winning in Round 2.

Neal sprained her ankle at the end of her doubles match and was unable to compete in singles play; she will miss the remainder of play this weekend.



"Even though we lost each of our first-round singles matches, we played tough against tough players," Head Coach Jon Messick said. "Everybody bounced back well and we won three of the next four singles matches."

Play resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. with a lone round of singles.

Friday's Results:

M. Kalashnikova (Oklahoma) def. Lauren Strasburger (CSU);6-4, 6-1
Lauren Strasburger (CSU) def. Karen Groll (UNC); 6-3, 6-1

Gleisy Torres Torres (CU) def. Hilary Tyler (CSU); 6-4, 6-4
Hilary Tyler (CSU) def. Manuela Santos (UNC); 6-2, 6-4

Second Flight:
Luiza Xavier (UNC) vs. Laura Neal (CSU); DNP

Elena Antakova (OU) def. Anette Pohjalainen (CSU); 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2
Rachel Cox (Oklahoma) def. Anette Pohjalainen (CSU); 6-1, 6-3

Rachael Cox (Oklahoma) def. Greer Satherlie (CSU); 6-1, 6-3
Greer Satherlie (CSU) def. Jodi Ciarvella (UNC); 6-3, 5-7, 6-2


Gold Pool:
Knop/Santos (UNC) def. Strasburger/Tyler (CSU); 8-5

Black Pool:
Neal/Pohjalainen (CSU) def. Ciarvella/Agarycheva (UNC); 8-4


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