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Women's tennis preview: CSU hosts UNC in Colorado State Invitational

Oct. 3, 2013


FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women’s tennis team will host the University of
Northern Colorado in its annual Colorado State Invitational on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the University
Tennis Complex beginning at 10 a.m.

The 2013 Colorado State Invitational will match the Rams against the University of Northern
Colorado in an event that was originally supposed to feature Weber State but due to forecasted
snow in the region the Wildcats will not make the trip.

“We are just going to try and make best of the situation,” Head Coach John Messick said.
“Weber State decided not to come across because of the weather. It’s understandable. We
are just trying to work with UNC and get some match play and experience. It’s going to work
out fine.”

The two teams will begin competition at 10 a.m. and get as many matches in as possible.

Colorado State traveled south to Colorado Springs for the Air Force Invitational, its second
tournament of the season. The Rams put on their best performance of the young season.
Junior Natalie Heffron, who has been competing at the No. 1 singles position, took third
place in her respective bracket. Also earning wins on the final day was junior Adriana Wojakowska
and sophomore Mollie Cooper.

Coming off of a third-place finish at the Air Force Invitational, her best fi nish, junior Natalie
Heffron is playing some of her best tennis. In Colorado Springs, Heffron won two of her
three matches playing at the No. 1 singles position.

“Natalie (Heffron) has stepped her game up this fall,” Messick said. “She struggled a little bit
last spring but she seems to have a lot more confidence. She has been hitting the ball well,
and she’s competing very well against the top players in the top flights. She’ll have a better
mindset going into spring.”


(on battling adversity)
“Especially for the younger players it kind of teaches them to get used to it. We just never
know when we are going to have to change a match time or even cancel or reschedule.”

The Rams tennis team will be partnering with Cans Around the Oval. On Sunday, fans are
encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to the match. There will be a representative
there to collect the items.

Cans Around the Oval is a CSU tradition, where students, faculty and staff partner with
members of the community to raise awareness about the facts surrounding the issue of
hunger, as well as raise food and monetary donations.




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