Tennis recap: Rams win big in late night battle against Arkansas State

Feb. 4, 2012

By Amanda Bader
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - In front of a home-opening crowd of 108, the Colorado State women's tennis team defeated Arkansas State at Miramont Indoor Tennis Courts, 4-3, in a battle that went late into the night.

The Rams were slow to start as doubles began, but they quickly began to battle the Red Wolves back for a win. First to finish was No. 3 doubles,  as the pair came from behind 5-2 in order to win. Following was Lauren Mulhern and Natalie Heffron at No. 2, who fell to their Arkansas State opponents after being down 7-1 and winning four straight matches.  

With the doubles point left in the hands of Tori Arneson and Kaley Schultz at No. 1 doubles, the pair came back from a 0-4 deficit to bring the match to a tie-breaking decision where the Rams fell, 7-3.

Arkansas State notched its second point of the mach as Mulhern fell in straight sets to Tamara Slijepcevic, 6-3, 6-2. After being down in the first set 4-0, Arneson took back control for the Rams and tallied the teams first victory, defeating her ASU opponent, 7-5, 6-2. To top off the win, Arneson came back from 40-love in order to seize match point.

With another key victory, Heffron tied up the match score at two as she defeated Janie Nowland 7-6 (4), 6-2. Up next for Colorado State was Schultz who took her match to three sets before bringing in the third straight victory, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

"To come back and win four out of six matches after losing the doubles point is hard to do," said Head Coach Jon Messick. "We just played a real hard tough opponent and we were able to stick with it, and I am proud of that."

At No. 5 singles, Veronika Wojakowska was the second Ram to be defeated. With Wojakowska's 6-3, 6-2 loss, the match decision was left in the hands of her younger sister, Adriana.

Adriana left fans waiting as she battled against Ceara Howey in a dual to determine a team victory. Luckily for the Rams the wait was well worth it, Adriana defeated her ASU opponent 7-5, 6-2.

"We work hard on the court, we are fit and its just that mental part we have been working on," said Messick. "A good team like this you have to have that, and so that was a big positive for us to be able to stay strong in those last matches."

The Rams will return to the courts Feb. 11th to match up against the Buffs in boulder for the second in-state rival in as many away matches.

Friday' s results:
Rong/Teu def. Arneson/Schultz 9-8 (7-3)
Nowland/Slijepcevic def. Mulhern/Heffron 8-5
A. Wojakowska/V. Wojakowska def. Milosevska/Howey 8-6
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

Tori Arneson def. Mariana Rong 7-5, 6-2
Tamara Slijepcevic def. Lauren Mulhern 6-3, 6-2
Natalie Heffron def. Janie Nowland 7-6 (4), 6-2
Biljana Miloshevska def. Kaley Schultz 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Joana Teu def. Veronika Wojakowska 6-3, 6-2
Adriana Wojakowska def. Ceara Howey
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6