Tennis recap: Broncos slide past Rams, 5-2

April 1, 2012

By Amanda Bader
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women's tennis team concluded back-to-back weekend play Sunday afternoon dropping a 5-2 decision to the visiting Boise State Broncos.

Despite the loss, CSU was able to maintain tough play in new positions after a last-minute adjustment was made to the lineup in the absence of top-player, Kaley Schultz.

"I was really proud of the team today because we found out really early this morning that Kaley couldn't play," said Head Coach Jon Messick. "So having to put a whole new team together in doubles and filling in for her in singles, the team could have accepted they were going to have some trouble but they went in and they fought hard."

The loss pushed Colorado State back to a record of 4-11 (0-3 MW) while advancing the Broncos to a record of 8-8 (2-1 MW).

Boise State edged the Rams in doubles, winning two of the three matches in order to notch the first point of the dual.

Lauren Mulhern and Emese Kardhordo were first to fall, followed by Tori Arneson and Natalie Heffron.

Even though the Broncos had already secured the doubles point, CSU kept on fighting to defeat BSU at the No. 3 position where Veronika and Adriana Wojakowska defeated their Bronco pair, 8-6.

In singles, Colorado State dropped two straight matches at the Nos. 4 and 3 positions, putting Boise State up, 3-0.

First to get the Rams on the board was Adriana Wojakowska at No. 6, who defeated Manuela Pietzuch, 6-0, 7-6 (1).

With the dual score at 3-1, it was Boise State to strike next, securing a victory over the Rams.

Although the match had already been decided, that did not stop the remaining Rams from fighting back in their matches.

At No. 2, Heffron came back after dropping her first set, 6-1, to defeat her Bronco opponent in the second set, 6-4. After splitting sets, Heffron continued to fight back in order to defeat her BSU opponent in the third set, 6-2.

Last to leave the courts was Veronika Wojakowska, who like Heffron, also dropped her first set. In the second set, Wojakowska was able to come back from a 5-1 deficit, to top her Bronco opponent 7-6 (7). In a third-set tie-breaking decision, Wojakowska was unable to keep her momentum, falling 7-10.

"This match should give the girls a lot of confidence," said Messick. "Even though they lost today, it was without one of our better players and changes in the lineup so I think it was a confidence builder."

Colorado State will take to the road this week, matching up against Wyoming Saturday, before returning home to host TCU Sunday for a rare Easter match.

Bosie State 5, Colorado State 2
1. Pietzuch/Pietzuch (BSU) def. Arneson/Heffron (CSU) 8-2
2. Vo/Basil (BSU) def. Kardhordo/Mulhern (CSU) 8-0
3. A.Wojakowska/V.Wojakowska (CSU) def. Klamczynska/Brown (BSU) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3

1. Klamczynska (BSU) def. Arneson (CSU)
2. Heffron (CSU) def. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU)
3. Vo (BSU) def. Mulhern (CSU)
4. Basil (BSU) def. Kardhordo (CSU)
5. Manuela Pietzuch (BSU) def. V.Wojakowska (CSU)
6. A. Wojakowska (CSU) def. Brown (BSU)
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 6, 1*, 2, 5