March 26, 2014
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Fort Collins, Colo. - The Colorado State women’s tennis team enters play on Friday with an overall record of 3-5, and are coming off a loss to nationally ranked Denver (7-0). The Rams will open up Mountain West Conference play against Nevada on March 28th, looking for their first conference-opening win since April 3, 2010 when they defeated New Mexico 4-3. CSU enters Friday winning two of their last three matches after defeating Vanguard and Cal State Los Angeles at the end of last week.
Nevada enters the week with an overall record of 9-5 and the Wolfpack are currently riding a four-match win streak. Wolfpack senior Michelle Okhremchuk, set the all-time career singles record at Nevada. She now has 84 career victories, surpassing Tracy King’s record (83) set 23 years ago.
“Nevada will be our first conference match, and we’re still missing a couple of players so it’s going to be a challenge,” Head Coach Jon Messick said. “We’re going to do the best we can and go after it.”
ABOUT GRAND CANYON
Grand Canyon enters the week with an overall record of 8-5. The Antelopes will play matches against Seattle and Nevada before meeting up with the Rams on March 30. GCU is coming off a strong effort against Weber State; the Antelopes defeated the Wildcats 7-0. The duo of Janaki Gunuganti and Frederique Van de Velde recorded their eighth-straight doubles win with an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. They are 9-3 overall this season.
“Grand Canyon were always a very strong DII team and they have now moved to DI. It should be a very good match,” Messick said.
Jon Messick QUOTABLES
“This is going to be a tough week. We had a good week last week but we have a couple players injured still; it’s going to be a challenge.”
“We’re hoping to get out players healthy. Kaley Schultz has only been able to play doubles right now and Adriana Wojakowska was injured last week, so we’re not sure if she’ll be able to go this week.”
The format is three, eight-game pro-set doubles matches followed by six best-of-three set-singles matches. The team that wins two or more of the three doubles matches receives one point. Each singles match is worth one point. Four or more points are required to win the team match.
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