Lobos Play With Heart Against the University of Denver

Feb. 19, 2012


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The Lobos certainly played with a lot of heart and determination against the University of Denver today after suffering a 7-0 loss to the University of Colorado on Saturday.

At number one doubles, Alyssa Caffey and Maria Sablina were paired together for the first time against Rath/Bergner. The duo tried their hardest but could not quite seal the deal dropping the match 8-5.

At number two doubles, Michaela Oldani and Nikolina Grbac faced defeat against Dunn/Schnell with a score of 8-2.

Michaela Bezdickova and Susanna Kuuttila were also paired for the first time facing Isberg/Garpenlov. The duo was a match made in tennis heaven as they hit winner after winner beating their opponents with a score of 8-2.

“We made a complete shake-up on our lineup today. We didn’t feel like we were competing well in doubles. We mixed things up,” Head Coach Roy Canada said. “Michaela Bezdickova and Susanna Kuuttila have never played together and neither had Alyssa Caffey and Maria Sablina at number one doubles. We did a big shake-up and it almost paid off.”

The Lobos came out of doubles down 0-1 in the match but that did not let the fire in their eyes extinguish. They took that energy into singles hoping to switch the momentum their way.

Michaela Bezdickova showed that energy at number one singles where she faced Sophia Bergner. She showed a variety of emotions out on the court with cries of joy and also cries of frustration with herself. The two had very long rallies and when the going got tough; their serves seemed to carry them over into the next point.

 It was like this throughout the match and Michaela Bezdickova certainly tried her best but came up short in the long run falling with a final score of 7-6, 6-4.

Susanna Kuuttila played at the number two spot against Caroline Schnell. She was beaten with a score of 6-2, 6-2.

Maria Sablina played at the number three position against Emma Isberg. Maria Sablina was able to utilize her big forehand throughout the match but it was not enough dropping the match 6-2, 6-3.

Nikolina Grbac fell in her first set at number four singles against Steffi Rath with a score of 6-1. She found some newfound energy in the second not allowing such a huge gap again but came up short falling with a final score of 6-1, 7-5.

At number five singles, Laura Richardson played against Natalie Dunn. It was a close first set with Dunn pulling it out by two games finishing the first set 6-4. Dunn kept that momentum not allowing Laura Richardson back into the game ultimately causing a Denver victory with a score of 6-4, 6-2.

Katie Wookey in her first debut in a dual match this spring season played at number six singles against Michelle Garpenlov. She seemed to play this match with ease winning the first set 6-1. Garpenlov was not going to let that happen as she caused the second set to go into a tiebreak. Katie Wookey closed the deal for UNM winning the match with a final score of 6-1, 7-6.

“It was tough in the end. The first set was a lot easier. The second set I had a lead and I kind of lapsed in my level of play,” Katie Wookey said. “I felt like I played with a lot of heart. I fought hard and I was able to get the win.”

Even though the Lobos lost 6-1 to the University of Denver, the Lobos played with a lot more intensity and maybe a little more of desire to win one of their two matches this weekend.

“We definitely played better today than we did yesterday. There was an improvement out there,” Head Coach Roy Canada said. “We competed hard. We competed with heart. Things just didn’t go our way.”

The Lobos will play Western New Mexico on Saturday February 25th at 10 a.m. The Lobos will be hosting a THINK PINK Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising match when they play against Western New Mexico on Saturday February 25th at 10 a.m.

Live Stats will be available for the match at http://www.golobos.com/livestats/w-tennis/xlive.htm