Tennis preview: Rams take on back-to-back weekend matches

Feb. 9, 2012

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By Amanda Bader
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women's tennis team will take on back-to-back matches this weekend, splitting the matches with home and away play. CSU will kick off the weekend against in-state rival, Colorado (2-2, 0-0 Pac-12), Saturday at the Meadows Club in Boulder. The Rams will then return home Sunday to host Northern Arizona (1-3, 0-0 BSC) at Miramont indoor tennis complex.

The Buffs are coming off a 6-1 loss to the Austin Lumberjacks, but leading the team for CU is MW Player of the Week, Winde Janssens. Janssens won a pair of singles matches this week and has also gone 3-1 in her four matches played this season.

CSU has not played CU in a dual match in recent years, but the Rams look to showcase the team’s improvements since previous matches.

"We always look forward to competition with CU and we are really anxious after a long of a break of playing one another to see how we have improved as a team," said Messick.

The Northern Arizona women's tennis team also come into weekend play on a sour note. The Lumberjacks dropped their second straight match in a close contest with New Mexico this past week. After going 1-3 on the season in non-conference play, NAU will open up conference play this weekend against Northern Colorado prior to matching up against the Rams.

In the fall, the Rams faced off against NAU in both the Gaucho Classic and also the ITA Mountain Regionals, where the Lumberjacks defeated the Rams in both tournaments.

"We know we are going to be in for a tough match there," said Messick. "We have a quick turnaround time with our match the next day, but it will be good to play again in front of our home crowd."

The Rams on the other hand, are coming into weekend play after a big win last weekend against Arkansas State where matchplay went late into the night as CSU's Adriana Wojakowska clinched the Rams deciding match of the night to defeat the Red Wolves, 4-3.

Leading for the Rams are Freshman Natalie Heffron and Sophomore Kaley Schultz, who both remain undefeated in singles play this season.

Despite all that is going in favor of CSU, with such a quick turnaround between matches, the Rams will need to maintain focus and the strong play that they proved to have last weekend.

"We just have our work cut out for us," said Messick. "It’s going to be tough, but I think the players are anxious and looking forward to it. I mean, if we play well, we will do well."