Nevada topples Colorado State women's tennis, 6-1

April 7, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. –The Colorado State women’s tennis completed its two-match weekend trip to California on Sunday with a 6-1 setback to a strong Nevada team in a Mountain West Conference match played at Fresno State’s Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.

The Wolfpack improved to 8-4 with the victory (2-1 MW) while Colorado State fell to 3-11 (0-4 MW).

Freshman Lauren Pick secured a point for the Rams when she claimed victory at the No. 6 singles position, 3-6, 6-4 (10-6) over Nevada’s Monika Magusiak.

Head Coach Jon Messick was pleased to see such competitiveness at the bottom of the singles lineup, especially with the team playing its second match in a row without freshman Kendall Heitzner due to illness.

“We had some competitive matches all the way through.” Messick said, “To win at No. 6 where we’ve been struggling was very positive. Heitzner had to pull out of the whole day today, so we moved all the doubles teams up one spot, and at No. 3 doubles—which would be our fourth team—to step up and do that well and take it to a tie-break was pretty good.”

Nevada began the match by claiming all three doubles battles to score the doubles point, but Messick thought the competitiveness of his squad in those matches set a good tone for the day, and for the team going forward.

“We had as high a quality of doubles play as we’ve had in a long time,” Messick said. “I think overall, for the match, we improved while playing some pretty tough competition. I told the girls that even though we lost the doubles point, we played some of our best doubles matches of the year. We’re just playing at a lot higher level against very good teams. We played better doubles today than yesterday.”

In her win at No. 6, Pick came back from a 6-3 loss in the first set to capture the second set 6-4. She ultimately prevailed in the tie-breaker, 10-6, over Magusiak.

The Rams will continue with Mountain West play next week when they face Boise State and New Mexico in Colorado Springs. They face the Broncos Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. (MT) and the Lobos Saturday at 10 a.m. (MT).

NEVADA (8-4) DEF. COLORADO STATE (3-11), 6-1

No. 1. Michelle Okremchuck (NEV) def. Abby Stevens (CSU) 6-1, 6-4
No. 2. Emma Verberne (NEV) def. Natalie Heffron (CSU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3. Sophie Stevens (NEV) def. Kaley Schultz (CSU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 4. Sheila Smiley (NEV) def. Adriana Wojakowska (CSU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 5. Juliette Legendre(NEV) def. Mollie Cooper (CSU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6. Lauren Pick (CSU) def. Monika Magusiak (NEV) 3-6, 6-4 (10-6)
Order of finish: 5, 2, 3, 1, 4, 6

No. 1. Okremchuck/Verberne (NEV) def. Heffron/Wojakowska (CSU) 8-2
No. 2. Stevens/Legendre (NEV) def. Cooper/Stevens (CSU) 8-2
No. 3. Smiley/Carolina Konigsfeldt (NEV) def. Maddie Buxton/Pick (CSU) 8-7 (6)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3