Sept. 11, 2013
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Colorado State women’s tennis team will travel to Milwaukee, Wis., this weekend to compete in the 38th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic. Marquette, the host of this prestigious tournament, will welcome three teams including Florida International University, Western Michigan University and Colorado State University.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The 38th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic will have some new twists, including a realigned Big East conference for its host school, Marquette University, and appearances by teams from three schools that have not been represented in the tournament: Colorado State University, Florida International University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. The USAFA Falcons also are the first team from any U.S. service academy to compete in the MTC.
“The Milwaukee Tennis Classic is in its 38th year,” Head Coach Jon Messick said. “The tournament has really evolved into a prestigious tournament where they only invite three teams, so we were very fortunate to be invited. This is just a really great experience for Colorado State tennis to be able to attend a tournament like this.”
Colorado State finished the 2012-13 season with a 5-16 record, 1-9 in conference play, but the Rams’ record doesn’t reflect how much they grew as a team over the course of the season as they finished the season winning two of their final three matches. Colorado State also competed at a high level against some of the top teams in the conference, including San Diego State and UNLV. The Rams will look to build on their success from late last season as they start play this weekend.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Natalie Heffron is coming off s successful sophomore season in which she posted a 15-17 record, the second highest individual win total in 2012-13, playing at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions. Heffron continues to be a player to watch after she tied for fifth in the all-time record books for wins in a single-season with 21 as a freshman.
Jon Messick QUOTABLES
“It’s always exciting to play our first match and see where we’re at as a team. In particular this tournament, which is on clay courts, something we don’t play on, so I think that’s going to be an interesting experience for the team. This is also a very prestigious tournament, so we’re just excited to go there and make a good impression for Colorado State and our team.”