Tennis Preview: Rams travel to Colorado Springs for Mountain West Championships

Abby Stevens

Abby Stevens

April 23, 2013

By Max Lerner
Athletic Media Relations

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MW Championship Central

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Colorado State women’s tennis team will travel to Colorado Springs this week for the Mountain West Championships. Colorado State begins tournament play Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. vs. New Mexico. The winner of that match will take on San Diego State Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m.

About The Rams
The Rams enter the tournament with an overall record of 4-15 in the dual season. The Rams claimed a victory against Northern Colorado on Monday, 4-3, in Greeley. Rams freshman Kendall Heitzner went undefeated in the Rams’ two most recent matches, picking up singles victories at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions. 

About New Mexico
The Lobos enter the tournament with a dual record of 7-14, 1-7 in conference play. New Mexico’s Michaela Bezdickova has compiled a dual singles record of 15-6, with all of her victories coming at the No. 1 position. Bezdickova and doubles partner Laura Richardson have earned a doubles record of 8-13, with all of their victories coming at the No. 1 position. 

Last Week
The Rams lost to San Diego State 6-0, Thursday, April 18. In that match Abby Stevens was edged by the 6-2, 6-3 by the Aztecs’ Julia Wais. The Rams fell to UNLV 4-1, the next day. Heitzner defeated the Rebels’ Anett Ferenczi-Bako 6-1, 7-5 at the No. 4 position for the Rams’ lone point. Stevens was in third-set tie-breaker, (6-4, 6-7, 5-4) with Aleksandra Josifoska at the No. 1 position when play was stopped. Stevens battled back to win the second set after being down to force the tie-breaker, against the 37th-ranked player in the country. The Rams also defeated the Northern Colorado Bears on Monday, April 22. Colorado State won four out of the possible six doubles points to win the overall match. Heitzner, Stevens and Natalie Heffron picked up singles victories in the match against UNC. Adriana Wojakowska defeated Claire Uhle 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 4 position to clinch the match for the Rams.

Freshman Impact
Stevens played at the No. 1 singles position for the seventh match in a row, where she earned her second victory at the No. 1 position. Stevens faced Aleksandra Josifoska the #37th ranked player in the nation on Friday, April 19, and forced her to a third-set tie-breaker before play was suspended. Heitzner saw time at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions, capturing victories at both positions. Heitzner claimed the lone point for the Rams in a 4-1 loss to conference rival UNLV.  

Quotes from Jon Messick
“We’re excited about the conference tournament, that is always a special tournament for us,” said head coach Jon Messick. “We also have the opportunity to play New Mexico in the first round, who we had a real tough loss to earlier this season. Our lineups might look a little bit different this time around with a player or two, but I expect a real close, tough match. If we can win the match against New Mexico it gives us an opportunity to play the No. 1 seed in San Diego State, and that could be a unique opportunity for us.  We will get a chance to play outdoors and could play two opponents we have seen already, so I expect this to be a good test for us.”

 


 

 

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