Sept. 26, 2013
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado State women’s tennis team will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the Air Force Invitational tennis tournament. The Rams look to bounce back from the season-opening tournament in Milwaukee, Wis.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The Air Force Invitational is a flighted tournament, which features seven teams, including the Rams (Air Force, Buffalo, Colorado State, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, West Virginia and Wyoming).
“This is a flighted tournament, so all of our players will be placed in different flights,” said Head Coach Jon Messick. “We’d obviously like to see our players go deep in to their respective flights. This tournament, more than the other, will give us an idea of where we stand in relation to each other.”
Play will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 and runs through Sunday Sept. 29. Each participant will play at least three singles and three doubles matches.
Colorado State opened the season competing in the 38th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic hosted by Marquette University. What was unique about the season-opening tournament at Town Club was the fact that the event was played on clay courts, which the tennis program hasn’t played on since the mid-90s. CSU played well against Florida International, Western Michigan and host Marquette even though they were down two players due to injury.
PLAYER TO WATCH
The Rams welcome newcomer Kwynn Ecton, a graduate of Poudre High School, to the team. Ecton, who enters as a sophomore, last played at DIII Linfield College just outside Portland Ore., where she posted at 6-9 overall record for the Wildcats. Ecton was thrown right into competition at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic and showed she can compete at the DI level.
Jon Messick QUOTABLES
“We still have a couple players injured so it’s been a good chance for some of our other players to get some quality time. They were all able to see a little bit better level of competition. We are a little thin with our team right now but I look at it as an opportunity for our players to kind of get a taste of the level of competition they’ll be playing against.”