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Tennis Preview: Colorado and BYU

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Weekly Recap: The Colorado State women’s tennis team went 1-1 after facing the University of Denver and the University of Utah. On April 15, the Rams fell to the No. 48 ranked Pioneers of Denver 6-1, at the Stapleton Tennis Pavilion. On April 18, CSU defeated the Utes of Utah, 5-2, at the Moby tennis courts. The Rams move to 11-9 on the season and 3-3 in Mountain West Conference play. Colorado State will take a break from conference play when they host in-state rival Colorado (10-9, 4-5) at 5:30 p.m., on April 23. The match will be played at the Miramont Sport Center. The following day the Rams complete MWC play going head-to-head against No. 20 ranked BYU (19-5, 4-1) at the Moby Complex Courts at 11:00 a.m. The Rams currently hold the No. 5 position in MWC standings behind San Diego State (No. 4, 8-13, 4-3), UNLV (No. 3, 15-5, 5-2), BYU (No. 2, 19-5, 4-1), and New Mexico (No.1, 18-3, 7-0).

Denver: The Colorado State tennis team fell to the No. 48 ranked Pioneers of Denver, 6-1. The Rams are now 3-8 all-time against Denver. Denver earned the doubles point and won their top five singles matches at the Stapleton Tennis Pavilion in the victory. Denver gave up their first point in six matches, but that did not stop the Pioneers from extending their winning streak to 14 matches and improving their record to 17-1 to close out the regular season. The Rams’ only team point came at the No. 6 singles position. Jessica Jones defeated Beth Messaros 7-6 (4), 6-1. Carla Pallares and Tatyana Ugorich both played in close singles matches; however, they could not come up with a win. Ugorich fell to Rachel Sackmaster at the No. 5 position 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. Pallares fell to Jenny Trettin at the No. 3 spot 7-6(4), 7-6(9). In doubles play, the lone victory was at the No. 3 doubles where the Ram duo of Tatyana Ugorich and Alexandra Paganetti knocked off Rachel Sackmaster and Marisa Mechem, 8-1. The team of Dasha Zhurin and Emily Kirchem fell in a class match to the No. 36 ranked team of Dullens/Maksovic, 8-6.

Utah: The Colorado State women’s tennis team won all three doubles matches and four of six singles matches for their 11th win of the season over Utah. The Rams are now 3-9 all-time against the Utes, and have won the last 3 meetings. Charity Malone and Jessica Jones were impressive for the Rams winning in straight sets. Malone defeated Rachel Alder at the No. 4 position 6-2, 6-2. Jones won 6-3, 6-2 over Jenessa Jackson at the No. 6 spot. Also winning singles matches for CSU were Emily Kirchem who won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and Carla Pallares who came back from a 2-6 loss in the first set to win the next two 6-3, 6-3. In doubles play, the Rams earned the point by sweeping Utah in three matches. Tatyana Ugorich and Alex Paganetti teamed up to win the No. 3 doubles match 8-2 while Carla Pallares and Jasmin Singh won 8-3. Dasha Zhurin and Emily Kirchem beat Utah’s top doubles team Sheri Esrock and Whitney Eber, 8-6.

Looking Ahead: The Colorado State Rams will take a break from Mountain West Conference play when they host in-state rival Colorado starting at 2 p.m. at the Moby Complex Courts on April 23. The Rams will jump right back into MWC play the following day when they face BYU for the final regular season dual match of the year. The match will start at 11:00 a.m. at the Moby Complex Courts. Colorado State is now 0-6 on the season against ranked opponents. The Rams have lost to No. 68 University of Nebraska, No. 54 Boise State, and No. 32 New Mexico, No. 69 San Diego State, No 48 UNLV, and No. 48 Denver. Other teams ranked on the schedule for Colorado State include: BYU (#19) and Colorado (#71). The Mountain West Conference Championships begin on May 1, in San Diego, California.

Colorado: Colorado State will host in-state rival Colorado on April 23 at the Miramont Sport Center, starting at 5:30 p.m. The Rams are 0-10 all-time against Colorado. The Buffs come into Fort Collins ranked No. 71 and carry a 10-9 overall record and 6-5 in Big 12 play. Colorado is coming off a 5-2 loss to the University of Nebraska (14-7, 4-5). Overall, Jessica Vanderdys leads CU in singles wins for the season with 18, followed by Kendra Strandemo (14), Lynzee Kever (11), and Martina Sedivec (11).

BYU: Colorado State will host the No. 20 ranked Cougars of BYU in the final regular season dual match of the year. The match is set for April 24 at the Moby Complex Courts, starting at 11:00 a.m. In their final home match of the season BYU (17-5, 4-1) defeated the Air Force Falcons 7-0. This was the eighth time the Cougars have blanked their opponent this season. The Cougars will face Wyoming the day prior to going head-to-head with the Rams. Colorado State is 0-6 all-time against the Cougars.




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