Lobos fall to Lumberjacks 5-2; Host UTEP on Sunday

Feb. 16, 2013


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Lobos fall to 1-2 overall after a tough loss to Northern Arizona 5-2. The Lobos will face UTEP tomorrow at 2 p.m. MT at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex.

The Lobos got off to a rocky start as the Lumberjacks took the doubles point.

The first doubles team off the court was Michaela Oldani and Nikolina Grbac as they took on Ghizelene Doballah and Nicole Perez. The two took away two games from the duo but it was not enough as they fell 8-2.

At the first court, Michaela Bezdickova and Laura Richardson competed against the partnership of Hannah Stone and Johanna Vang. The two battled it out with the Lobos taking six games but the Lumberjacks got the advantage in the end as they pulled out a win 8-6. Northern Arizona clinched the doubles point putting them up 1-0.

At the number three position, the duo of Kristin Eggleston and Katie Wookey faced Malia Wahinepio and Alice Pacaut. They exchanged one game after the next but started to separate from each other when the Lumberjacks got the upper hand near the 4-4 mark. It was then that Northern Arizona made their move to win the match 8-4.

“It was close again,” Eggleston said. “We started off a little slow but we were able to get into the match after a few games. But something that we need to work on, that we talked about today, is getting off to a better start tomorrow and coming out better tomorrow.”

The Lobos dropped the doubles point but there were still six more points out there for the taking in singles.

Bezdickova was the first off the court at number one singles as she defeated Stone with a score of 6-2, 6-0. The Lobos now tied up the match at 1-1.

“I came out with good energy,” Bezdickova said. “I tried to be aggressive and take care of my match and support my teammates as well. I was surprised I was the first person off the court today.”

The interesting thing about this 6-2, 6-0 win was that as soon as Bezdickova walked off the court, all remaining five Lobos won their next game.

“This team has really come together,” Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper said. “I think they are really fighting for each other. When they are out there playing their matches, they are caring about their teammates’ matches just as much as their own. That is how good teams operate. They are moving in that direction of being a good team and they are going to keep pushing, which is great.”

At the fourth court, Katie Wookey took the first game in the set 1-0 against Wahinepio. It would be the only one in the first set as Wahinepio closed out the first set 6-1. Wookey took two more games in the second but Wahinepio got the best of her to finish the match 6-1, 6-2. The Lobos were now down 2-1.

At number six singles, Susanna Kuuttila fell in two straight sets to Perez with a score of 6-3, 6-3. Northern Arizona was now up 3-1.

On the third court was where Northern Arizona clinched the match as Nikolina Grbac and Johanna Vang battled against one another. The first set had to be determined by a tiebreak because that was how close the two competitors were to each other. The second set was just as close but Vang had the advantage because she had momentum on her side to clinch the dual match 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

Kristin Eggleston was the second to last to come off the court as she faced Doballah in three sets. The Lobos got their final win of the day here as Eggleston drops the first set but comes back the next two to win the match 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7). The closeness of these two competitors was measured by the fact that all that separated the winner from the loser was the difference of three points in the third set.

The last match to finish was the matchup between Laura Richardson and Alice Pacaut at the number five spot. The two split sets with Pacaut winning the first 6-2 and Richardson taking the second 6-3.  The two played a full third set and were all tied up game-for-game at 4-4. Pacaut broke away at this point to win the match with a final score of 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

The Lobos are now 1-2 overall with one more match to be played tomorrow against UTEP at 2:00 p.m. MT in the Linda Estes Tennis Complex. Live scoring will be available at http://www.golobos.com/livestats/w-tennis/xlive.htm

“UTEP is another really solid team,” Jasper said. “A great thing about this weekend is that all of these teams are pretty close in level and so we have to go out and play really good doubles and singles to put ourselves in a position to win. I was really impressed with their doubles today. I know they are going to start firing at us and they are great competitors in singles. We have to get some rest tonight and be ready for a battle tomorrow.”

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