Oct. 13, 2011
By Amanda Bader
Athletic Media Relations
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Colorado State women's tennis team concluded Day 1 of the ITA Mountain Region Championships at the Fretitta Tennis complex, advancing three players to the second round of singles.
Playing late into the night on the UNLV campus Wednesday, the Rams advanced three players past the first round of 120 players from around the region, but saw all three drop their matches in the second round.
"Three out of five players won their first-round matches," said Head Coach Jon Messick. " Then we lost all three of those, which was hard but I think we still played pretty competitive tennis."
Tori Arneson, Lauren Mulhern and Natalie Heffron were the three players from Colorado State to move ahead past the first round.
Arneson defeated Michelle Warwick of Weber State after dropping just one game in the first set, 6-1, and then battling out a tie-breaking second, 7-6. Arneson then advanced to the second round against Kristina Voytsekhovich of Utah State, but fell 6-3, 6-1.
Mulhern faced Kelsie Craig of Brigham Young, dropping just three games in the match, 6-0, 6-3. The victory pressed Mulhern into the second round to play against Melissa Cecil of Air Force. Cecil defeated Mulhern in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Natalie notched her seventh win of the fall season against seeded Manuela Pietzuch of Boise State, 6-2, 6-4. Along with the two other Rams who won their first set, Heffron advanced into the second round.
"Natalie's loss was particularly hard because she beat a seeded player in the first round and then fell in three sets to an Idaho player in the second round," said Messick.
In the second round of singles play Heffron fell to Almudena Sanz of Idaho in a close third-set deciding match, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.
Colorado State will return to play Thursday in order to compete in a second round of singles followed by two rounds of doubles. If the Rams advance in singles there will be a final singles round to close out the day. Each player is ensured at least two matches in both doubles and singles.
Round 1 Singles:
Tori Arneson (17-24) (CSU) def. Michelle Warwick (WSU) 6-1, 7-6
Natalie Heffron (CSU) def. Manuela Pietzuch (17-24) (BSU) 6-2, 6-4
Lauren Mulhern (CSU) def. Kelsie Craig (BYU) 6-0, 6-3
Hannah Stone (NAU) def. Kaley Schultz (CSU) 6-4, 7-6
Caroline Schnell (DU) def. Lauren Pick (CSU) 6-0, 6-0
Round 2 Singles:
Kristina Voytsekhovich (USU) def. Tori Arneson (17-24) (CSU) 6-3, 6-1
Almudena Sanz (ID) def. Natalie Heffron (CSU) 6-4, 6-7, 6-3
Melissa Cecil (17-24) (AFA) def. Lauren Mulhern (CSU) 6-2, 6-2