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CSU tennis to make 2008 tournament debut

Sept. 9, 2008

By Mackenzie Altman
Athletic Media Relations

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Colorado State women's tennis team will travel to Laramie, Wyo., to compete in the Wyoming Invitational, Thursday through Saturday. The Rams will face Wyoming, Weber State, Montana State and Northern Colorado in both singles and doubles competition.

Head Coach Jon Messick will bring his full squad across the border to compete in the invitational. With the loss of senior Hilary Tyler, the Rams have an opportunity early in the season to address the question of who will fill her shoes. The Rams have a strong contingent of experienced players with the ability to compete for the top spots in the lineup. Contending for the top spot will be Lauren Strasburger, Laura Neal and Anette Pohjalainen.

"This tournament is extremely important because it will show who is looking good, who has progressed the most and who will step up," said Messick. "I am anxious to see how our players do.

During the 2007 fall season, the Rams compiled a 42-57 record in singles and a 19-20 mark in doubles in five tournament matches.

CSU 2007-08 Season Review

The Colorado State women's tennis team finished the 2007-08 season with a 9-11 (2-7 MWC) record. The Rams finished seventh in the Mountain West Conference regular-season standings and competed in the quarterfinals at the MWC championship.

The Rams captured 95 overall singles wins, their most since winning 104 during the 2004-05 season. The team also surpassed 1,300 dual-match wins, finishing the season at the 1,316 all-time mark. Matching up with some of the toughest competition, from March 28 through April 12, the Rams faced six consecutive ranked opponents and a total of eight during the season.

Two players on the team were honored by the Mountain West Conference and were named all-conference selections. Graduated senior Hilary Tyler was named to the 2007-08 singles team as well as the doubles team, alongside returning senior Lauren Strasburger. Tyler's recognition was her second straight as she was named to the 2006-07 doubles team.

The Rams closed out the 2007-08 season at the MWC championship in Fort Worth, Texas. As the No. 7 seed in the tournament, the squad matched up against the No. 2 seed UNLV. Laura Neal matched up with Kristina Nedeltcheva (UNLV) at the No. 2 position for the second time in 2008. Capturing the straight-set victory, Neal earned her fourth consecutive singles win and improved to 13-11 on the year. While the Rams were competitive the entire match, Neal's victory would provide the only point for the Rams, as the team fell in quarterfinal action. UNLV went on to defeat top-seeded TCU in the championship match, to earn the automatic NCAA bid.



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