Tennis Preview: Rams seek first home win of spring season

Abby Stevens

Abby Stevens

March 7, 2013

By Max Lerner
Athletic Media Relations

Weekly Release

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -The Colorado State women's tennis team will take on Air Force Saturday, March 9, at 5 p.m. at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, and Rhode Island Sunday, March 10, at 11 a.m. in Colorado Springs. The dual match Saturday is a "Green Out," and free pizza will be offered to fans in attendance.

Freshman Success
Freshman Abby Stevens has a dual singles record of 5-2 this spring, and an overall record of 11-2. Stevens and doubles partner Mollie Cooper have a combined doubles record of 6-0 this spring. Stevens went 5-1 overall over the weekend, her only loss coming against northern Arizona's Hannah Stone 3-6, 6-2, (10-8), at the No. 2 position.

About Rams
The Rams come into the weekend with an overall record of 1-6. This is the Rams' third home match of the spring season. The Rams are ranked sixth in the country in average attendance this season.

About Air Force
Air Force comes into the weekend match with and overall record of 8-4. The Falcons Hannah Dake is 4-0 in dual play, and 11-4 overall this spring.

About Rhode Island
Rhode Island has an overall record of 0-2 this spring. Galina Chernykh is 3-1 in dual play, and 6-2 overall. Chernykh and doubles partner Kathleen Uy have a doubles record of 3-1 at the No. 1 position.

Last Week
The Rams picked up their first victory of the spring season against New Mexico State, 4-3, on Friday, March 1. Abby Stevens clinched the match for the Rams her second, by defeating the Aggies' Denise Van Der Ben 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 2 position. The Rams then lost 5-2 to Northern Arizona on Saturday, March 2. In that match Rams sophomore Natalie Heffron defeated the Lumberjacks' Ghizelene Doballah 6-1, 4-6, (10-6), at No. 1, and Kendall Heitzner defeated Malia Wahinepio 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 3 position. On Sunday, March 3, the Rams lost a tough 4-3 decision to UTEP. The Rams picked up the crucial doubles point by defeating the Miners in two out of three sets Kendall Heitzner and Lauren Pick defeated Jaime-Leigh Michau and Anastasiya Sylenko 8-2. Abby Stevens and Mollie Cooper stayed undefeated in doubles this season by defeating Marie LeBlond and Gabi Vazquez 9-7, at the No. 2 position, to clinch the point. The Rams then dropped four out of the 6 singles matches to lose the overall match.

Quotes from Jon Messick
"This is our first conference match and our first result in the conference, and playing Air Force at home really bodes well for us," said head coach Jon Messick. "We are expecting a good crowd and the match against Air Force will help us set the tone as to how the rest of the conference season is going to go, I am excited about it, and I know the players are too. I think it is going to be a tough match, they are really solid from top to bottom and they are always difficult to play against. We are just looking to have dog fights on every court, and being a home match will hopefully give us a little bit of an edge."

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