June 26, 2013
DENVER--It's all just a little bit of history repeating.
Former Colorado State tennis standout Lauren Strasburger claimed both the singles and doubles titles at the Denver City Open held at the Denver Tennis Club on Sunday, June 23. Strasburger defeated former D'Evelyn High School star, and current Marquette University player, Erin Gebes in the singles final 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, and partnered with Amanda Johnson to take the doubles crown in straight sets 6-2, 6-4, over Alex Middleton and Meaghan Monaghan.
It's not the first time winning the open for the former Ram. In 2007, Strasburger entered the tournament as an unseeded, 20-year old and defeated Grand Junction's Susan Wright in straight sets to win the singles championship while hauling in the doubles title as well.
The Brentwood, Tenn., native made easy work of the field on Sunday, defeating Rachael Scheper 6-0, 6-3 in the round of 16 before defeating Middleton in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-4. Littleton's Jessica Mozia made it interesting in the semi-final before falling 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, in three sets, setting up the final between Strasburger and Gebes.
Strasburger was a member of CSU's women's tennis team from 2005-2009 and ranks 10th on the Rams' all-time list for singles victories. While in Fort Collins, she compiled 34 dual singles wins and 41 wins in doubles play, and was named All-Mountain West in 2008. Her 11 singles victories in the 2005 campaign were the 11th most by a freshman in school history. As a junior, Strasburger was an impressive 3-1 at the CU invite, winning the backdraw over Oklahoma's Christi Baxley and also earning a victory in doubles competition.