Tennis Preview: Rams seek first road win of spring season

Feb. 28, 2013

By Max Lerner
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women’s tennis team will travel to Las Cruces N.M., to take on New Mexico State on Friday, March 1, at 2 p.m., and Northern Arizona Saturday at 10 a.m., on March 2. The Rams will then travel to El Paso, Texas, to take on UTEP on Sunday, March 3 at 9 a.m.

Freshman Success
Freshman Abby Stevens has a dual singles record of 3-1 this spring, and an overall record of 6-1. Stevens and doubles partner Mollie Cooper have a combined doubles record of 3-0 early this spring. Freshman Kendall Heitzner picked up her first singles win of the spring defeating Montana’s Haley Driver at the No. 3 postion 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

About Rams
The Rams come into the weekend with an overall record of 0-4. This is the Rams’ second road trip of the spring  season, previously going 0-2 against Illinois State and Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 16-17. 

About New Mexico State
New Mexico State comes into the weekend with an overall record of 1-4, their lone win coming against Weber State. Aggies junior Ross-Polly Nguyen has a dual record of 13-6, and an overall record of of 19-11. 

About Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona has with a record of 4-6. Sophomore Joanna Vang has a dual racord of 6-4 this spring, and an overall record of 11-8. Vang and doubles partner sophomore Hannah Stone have a doubles record of 5-4 this spring.

About UTEP
UTEP has compiled an overall record of 4-6. Junior Rebecca Calvillo won her ninth singles match of the season Sunday, and is 5-0 when playing at the No. 1 spot, Calvillo defeated Lamar’s Carolina Salas, 6-2, 6-4 to secure the victory.

Last Week
The Rams lost a tough match Sunday against Montana 5-2. In that match freshmen Abby Stevens and Mollie Cooper defeated Montana’s Sasha Carter and Maddy Murray 8-6 at No. 2 doubles. In singles Stevens dominated Carter 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 2 position, and Rams freshman Kendall Heitzner defeated Montana’s Haley Driver at the No. 3 postion 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, for her first singles victory of the spring season.

Quotes from Jon Messick
“It’s going to be a really good weekend for us to play three matches in a row in a little bit warmer weather, but it’s also going to be three really tough matches,” said head coach Jon Messick. “All three teams are very similar as far as their level and I think we’re going to have real tough matches against each. I think it’s going to be a test for our team to play that many matches in a row and get through it physically and mentally. We are getting better each match out so I think we are looking for improvement from one match to the next, and we’ll try our best to get some wins out there.”