Oct. 6, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – On Sunday Colorado State took on Northern Colorado in a modified version of the annual Colorado State Invitational.
Forecasted weather, which called for snow and temperatures in the 30s, prevented Weber State from traveling to Fort Collins for the three-day tournament. Instead the tournament featured two intra-state rivals separated by only 30 miles for a one-day event. Each CSU student-athlete played two singles matches and one doubles match.
In the end, the Rams won five singles matches but walked away with just one victory in doubles play.
“I thought the kids played well,” Head Coach Jon Messick said. “I thought UNC is a much better team this year than they were last year. We were missing four players from when we played them last year, but I thought the girls played them straight up.”
Although the Rams were missing senior Kaley Schultz and sophomore Jennifer Weissmann due to injury, junior Natalie Heffron and sophomore Maddie Buxton stepped up.
Heffron, who has started the 2013-14 season playing some of her best tennis, continued her strong play as she won both her singles matches.
In the morning Heffron faced UNC’s No. 1 singles player senior Adriana Nieto. Heffron took the first set 6-3, but struggled in set two losing 6-4 before winning the tie breaker. In her second match of the day, the Atlanta, Ga. native faced UNC senior Stephanie Catlin, but she was no threat to Heffron. The Rams No. 2 singles player swept Catlin 6-2, 6-1.
“Natalie is playing real well,” Messick said. “She’s playing with some confidence and winning both her matches playing Northern Colorado’s No. 1 and 2 players was pretty solid.”
Buxton, who also won both her matches on Sunday, was another player who Messick pointed out after the Colorado State Invitational.
Buxton, who was playing at the No. 3 singles spot for the Rams, defeated Hilary Walters-West in a tiebreaker 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (4) and Marissa Baca in straight sets 6-4, 7-6.
“We gained some good experience today,” Messick said. “We had some girls that weren’t in the lineup last year step up today, especially Maddie Buxton, who won both her matches when last year she wasn’t in our top-six.”
The final Ram to win a singles match on Sunday was junior Adriana Wojakowska, who defeated UNC’s No. 3 singles player Chrissie Hoolahan 6-0, 6-3.
In doubles action the Rams won one of three matches. Sophomore Mollie Cooper and senior Lauren Pick defeated Walters-West and Nieto 8-6.
On Wednesday ITA Mountain Regions, held in Las Vegas, Nev., begins and runs through Nov. 13. CSU will then have just under four months to prepare for its spring season opener at Colorado on Feb. 1.
Colorado State Invitational results
Singles – 10 a.m.
Natalie Heffron (CSU) def. Adriana Nieto (UNC) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
Adriana Wojakowska (CSU) def. Chrissie Hoolahan (UNC) 6-0, 6-3
Maddie Buxton (CSU) def. Hilary Walters-West (UNC) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (4)
Steph Catlin (UNC) def. Mollie Cooper (CSU) 6-0, 6-1
Beth Coton (UNC) def. Lauren Pick (CSU) 6-4, 6-3
Laura Wehner (UNC) def. Kwynn Ecton (CSU) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles – 12 p.m.
Catlin/Coton (UNC) def. Heffron/Wojakowska 8-4
Cooper/Pick (CSU) def. Walters-West/Nieto (UNC) 8-6
Hoolahan/Wehner (UNC) def. Buxton/Ecton (CSU) 8-2
Singles – 2 p.m.
Natalie Heffron (CSU) def. Stephanie Catlin (UNC) 6-2, 6-1
Adriana Nieto (UNC) def. Adriana Wojakowska (CSU) 6-7 (3), 7-5, 1-0 (6)
Laura Wehner (UNC) def. Mollie Cooper (CSU) 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (9)
Maddie Buxton (CSU) def. Marissa Baca (UNC) 6-4, 7-6
Courtney Schulte (UNC) def. Lauren Pick (CSU) 6-3, 6-4
Taylor Schumacher (UNC) def. Kwynn Ecton (CSU) 6-3, 6-3