April 22, 2008
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women's tennis team will compete in the Mountain West Conference Championship Thursday at the Freidman Tennis Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The Rams are the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 UNLV in the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. CT. Click here to access the 2008 MWC Tennis Championship Central.
The Rams (9-10, 2-6 MWC) will hope their three-match win streak, which is tied for the longest of the season (March 16-18), will provide enough momentum for them to compete well in the conference tournament.
Recently, the team has seen sophomore Laura Neal step into a lead role for the Rams. She is currently on a three-match win streak in singles, and has now won four straight at the No. 2 doubles spot alongside Anette Pohjalainen.
In doubles, Sarah Seltsam and Kirsten Stople continue to lead the Rams in wins with 12. Close behind is the duo of Laura Neal and Anette Pohjalainen, who have earned 10 victories. The sophomore tandem is currently on the longest win streak of any Rams team this spring.
UNLV (14-8, 6-2 MWC) is currently ranked No. 54 in the ITA collegiate rankings. Facing the Rebels on a neutral court less than two weeks ago on April 12, the Rams suffered a 7-0 loss. The team did manage to take its Nos. 2 and 6 singles matches to three sets.
Matching up with UNLV in the Mountain West Championship three times, the Rams have compiled a 1-2 record. Facing the Rebels in the quarterfinals each time (2004-05 season, 2001-02, and 2000-01), the Rams earned their win in the 2001 tournament. The squad captured a 4-2 win over the Rebels, who were ranked No. 54 at the time.
At last year's championship, the Rams were the No. 8 seed and matched up with No. 9 Air Force. The Rams took a 5-2 victory in the match and advanced to the quarterfinals. However, top-seeded BYU proved too much as the Rams fell 4-0.
The tournament begins Wednesday as No. 8 Wyoming faces No. 9 Air Force. The Rams will compete in one of two quarterfinal matches that begin at 10 a.m. CT Thursday.
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