Day One of Spring Season in the Books

Jan. 18, 2013

LONG BEACH, CALIF.—The Lobos may have been a little rusty in tournament play as they started the day at the Beach Tennis Winter Invitational. But by the end of the day, that rust wore off and four singles players came out on top as they start the spring season undefeated so far.

The day started off with some doubles action. The duo of Laura Richardson and Michaela Bezdickova were defeated by Nevada’s Emma Verberne and Michelle Okhremchuk with a score of 8-0.

Kristin Eggleston and Maria Sablina managed to win five games but that was not enough against Nevada’s Sophie Stevens and Sheila Smiley as they fell 8-5.

Nikolina Grbac and Michaela Oldani were neck and neck with Nevada’s Monika Magusiak and Rymma Maslova throughout the entire match. The match was forced into a tiebreak and even then it was still too close to call. The Lobos ended up falling with a score of 9-8 (8-6).

With the rust starting to get come off, the Lobos moved onto singles.

Bezdickova, ranked 74th in the nation, was forced into a three set match against Colorado’s Julyette Steur. Bezdickova had a tough fight in the first which she won 7-5, but couldn’t find her momentum in the second falling 6-1. She bounced back and didn’t let this last set get away from her as she clinched the match 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.

Sablina put up a good fight against Colorado’s Winde Janssens in the first set but Janssens got the better of her. The two battled it out so close in the first set, one couldn’t have possibly picked which one would win the set. Janssens, however, won the tiebreak 7-6 (7-5) and then kept her momentum going for her to take the second and match with a final score of 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Eggleston also went to three sets against Colorado’s Dhany Quevedo. Eggleston took the first set in a tiebreak score of 7-6 (7-5). After that, Quevedo didn’t let the match get close again as she won the match 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-2.

Grbac fought to three sets after she fell in the first to Colorado’s Mazy Watrous with a score of 6-4. Grbac didn’t let the first set get to her as she breezed past her opponent with a final score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Katie Wookey was defeated by Colorado’s Carla Manzi Tenorio with a score of 6-3, 6-3.

Richardson first set against Colorado’s Mattison Sperry was a nail-biter. The set went to a tiebreak and even after reaching that point, Richardson had to find some way to clinch it and she finally did at 9-7. The next set Sperry couldn’t even get close as Richardson defeated her with a final score of 7-6 (9-7), 6-4.

Oldani only dropped a total of four games in both sets against Laura Wegleitner to win the match 6-1, 6-3.

"Although we brought great energy to our doubles today, we really struggled with the basics--positioning, first serves, returns--and that's something that we just can't do,” Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper said. “Despite the rough start in doubles, I was pretty pleased how we competed on the singles court. We played like and looked like a team today, which is something we've been working on and as a result a number of individuals picked up some solid wins!”

The Lobos will continue with play tomorrow at 11 a.m. MT for the second day of the tournament.

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