Tennis preview: Rams match up against Arkansas State in home opener

Feb. 1, 2012

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By Amanda Bader
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women’s tennis will debut its 2011-12 team Friday evening at the Miramont Indoor Tennis Complex against Arkansas State.

Matches will begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. This season the Rams boast a variety of new talent with three new players.

CSU comes into fridays match off a 5-2 loss to Denver. Despite the loss, Colorado State showed improvement from years past. Leading the Rams last weekend was Nos. 3 and 4 Kaley Schultz and Natalie Heffron.

Arkansas State on the other hand, comes off a 6-1 victory against Tennessee-Martin. Leading ASU was No. 1 singles Mariana Rong as she defeated Jodie Tiley 6-3,  6-1. The Red Wolves only loss came at the No. 4 position where Biljana Miloshevska fell in a third-set tiebreaker.

Friday's match will mark the first time the two teams have met in recent years.

Last season,  ASU was eliminated i the second round of the Sun Belt Conference Championships with a 4-0 loss to North Texas.

The Rams wrapped up their season in similar fashion, dropping their chance in the second round to No. 1 seed Utah 4-0.

The Rams will next take on in-state rival Colorado on Feb 11 in Boulder.