The Colorado State women’s tennis team will begin play today at the BYU Invitational in Provo, Utah. The Cougars will host teams from Washington State, Boise State, Weber State, Colorado State, Utah and Utah State. All matches will be played on the BYU outdoor courts located south of the Smith Fieldhouse. In case of inclement weather, matches will be moved to the indoor courts. Play began this morning at 10 a.m. with the first singles draw. The invitational will feature both a singles and doubles main draw with consolations brackets for those who get beat. The final singles draw will be played Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with the final doubles being played Friday at 4:30 p.m. This will be the second tournament the Rams have played in this year.
The Colorado State women’s tennis team opened up the 2003-04 season at the Colorado Challenge in Denver, Colo. The Rams competed against the University of Denver and the University of Colorado in both singles and doubles matches. No team scores were recorded.
The Rams dominated the Buffs in singles playing winning 6-of-8 matches. Emily Kirchem led the way defeating Jessica Vanderdys at the No. 2 spot 6-3, 6-4. Kirchem is a freshman from Fairview, Oregon, where she won the class 4A state tournament as a senior. Kirchem finished the weekend 2-0. Alexandra Paganetti, Charity Malone, Jessica Jones, Jasmin Singh, and Tatyana Ugorich all recorded wins for the Rams. Junior Tatyana Ugorich had the most impressive win defeating Lauren Carey in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Ugorich finished the weekend 1-1.
Colorado State struggled in doubles throughout the tournament. The Rams won 1-of-4 doubles matches against Colorado. The lone win for CSU came from the duo of Jones/Ugorich at the No. 4 position defeating Carey/Johnson, 8-3. At the No. 1 spot Dasha Zhurin and Carla Pallares teamed up, losing a tough match to Kendra Strandemo and Kristy Randano, 8-6.
The Rams split the singles match winning 4-of-8 against Denver. Alexandra Paganetti defeated Crystal Knysh at the No. 5 position 7-6, 7-2, 6-2. Paganetti had an impressive showing finishing 2-0 for the tournament. Charity Malone defeated Steph Ginsburg in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Malone is a freshman from Castle Rock, Colo. Prior to moving to Colorado, she won the state tournament for Briarwood Christian High School in Alabama during her sophomore year. Emily Kirchem and Jessica Jones also recorded wins for the Rams. Along with Paganetti, Malone, Kirchem, and Jones all finished 2-0 for the weekend. Colorado State finished 10-6 in singles play for the tournament.
The Rams lost three tough doubles matches to Denver. The team of Jasmin Singh and Carla Pallares had the closest match for Colorado State, losing to Rachel Sackmaster and Marisa Meechem, 9-7. The Rams finished the tournament 1-6 in doubles play.
Colorado State is back in action on Sept. 25-27 at the BYU Invitational, in Provo, Utah. The Rams’ first dual match will be against the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska on Jan. 30 starting at 4:00 p.m. CSU will play in their first home match on Feb. 13 against Texas Tech.