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The Colorado State tennis team will face Drake on Saturday and #65 Nebraska on Sunday, both in Lincoln, Neb.
The Rams hope the 6-1 victory against Eastern Washington, which was played on Jan. 28th, will help the team in the upcoming weekend. Emily Kirchem will return to the lineup, but will only compete in doubles play.
The Drake Bulldogs come into this match with an 0-4 record; with loses to #40 Indiana, #53 Tulsa, #67 Kansas, and #54 Kansas State. Drake has won a total of three singles matches and has yet to win a doubles point. Winning two of the singles matches, sophomore Veronika Leszayova defeated Laura McGaffigan of Indiana at the No. 2 singles position and Carla Zabaleta of Tulsa at the No. 1 singles position. The third of Drake's singles victories was recorded by Allison Wilki.
"Drake is a really good team," head coach Jon Messick commented. "They have an 0-4 record, but they've played tough teams."
Nebraska is currently 2-1; recording wins against Creighton and Wyoming, with a loss to Wichita State. The Huskers are led by junior Imke Reimers who is ranked 30th in singles. Competing at No. 1 singles, Reimers is 3-0; and in No. 1 doubles, she has a 2-1 record, alongside teammate Maria Ring. Overall, Nebraska is 12-6 in dual singles matches and 5-4 in dual doubles play.
"The freshman got good experience last weekend, and I'm looking to see improvement," Messick said.
Kirchem is currently 6th all-time in career singles victories with 67 wins and only 11 away from taking over the number one spot. She is also 7th in career singles dual victories, needing 14 to take over first place. Kirchem currently holds 55 career doubles victories and is six wins away from taking over as all-time leader in career doubles victories at CSU. She also ranks 4th in career doubles dual victories and is three away from leading the category.