Despite Rain Delays, Lobos Advance at ITA Regional Championships

Oct. 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NEV. – If one saw the Wimbledon 2008 matchup between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, then the first thing that would pop in one’s mind is the many rain delays that caused shifts in momentum constantly throughout the match. The rain delays not only affected that match, but it was what the UNM women’s tennis team was subjected to all day at the first day of the ITA Regionals Championship.

These rain delays pushed back the tournament to late hours of the night causing the women to not only experience copious amounts of patience from being out on the courts all day, but also weariness as their bodies started to shut down as the championships ran on into the late hours of the night.

Once the rain had ceased for a good amount of time, the championships started off with the first round of doubles. Two doubles teams from UNM made it out on top in close matches.

Michaela Bezdickova and Maria Sablina defeated sophomores from Wyoming, Alma Espinosa and Christa Gecheva, in a close battle winning with a score of 9-7.

Michaela Oldani and Nikolina Grbac also came out on top winning the match with a score of 8-6 against the duo of Hillary Hays and Julie Tukuafu from Utah State.

Susanna Kuuttila and Katie Wookey faced a tough team from Montana State’s Ellie Crum and Paulina Lopez Trevino falling with a score of 8-2.

Laura Richardson and Kristin Eggleston managed to obtain three games against Colorado’s Winde Janssens and Julyette Steur as they fell with a score of 8-3.

After making it out of doubles with two doubles team advancing on to the next round, it was onto singles.

Bezdickova after winning doubles dropped only one game in singles against Wyoming State’s Nittaya Phonharath winning the match 6-1, 6-0.

Wookey took the match to three sets after falling in the first set to Utah State’s Hays. Wookey put up a tough fight but could not close the deal as she fell in three sets with a score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Richardson also had a close three set match against Montana State’s Char Hjalmarsson. Richardson won the first set 6-3 but Hjalmarsson got the better of her as she took the match 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 from UNM.

Sablina fell to the number three seed University of Utah’s Sarah Pham with a score of 6-2, 6-3.

Oldani climbed her way up to three games in the first set against UNLV’s Janine Erasmus but was stopped there to lose the first set 6-3, and then the second set 6-1.

Eggleston faced U.S. Air Force Academy’s Melissa Cecil pushing the match to three sets. It was a tight match in the first and second set as the two battled it out, but Cecil got the better of her as she defeated Eggleston 4-6, 7-5, 6-0.

Kuuttila had a close first set against University of Montana’s Sasha Carter but was not able to quite get over the hump as she fell with a score of 6-4, 6-3.

Grbac fell to a seeded University of Idaho’s Amundena Sanz with a score of 6-2, 6-3.

“Our performance in singles was very disappointing,” Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper said. “We are capable of competing at a much higher level, so we need to continue to push ourselves day in and day out to hold ourselves to that standard. In doubles, we did pick up 2 solid wins to finish the night, so hopefully we can build on those bright spots when we take the courts tomorrow.”

The forecast for Thursday proves it will not be any different as rain will continue to plague the ITA Regional Championships in Las Vegas, Nev.

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