Tennis Preview: Colorado State travel to California for two conference matches

April 3, 2013

By Max Lerner
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Colorado State women’s tennis team will travel to Fresno, Calif., to take on a pair of Mountain West Conference foes, facing No. 61 Fresno State Saturday, April 6, at 1 p.m., and Nevada Sunday, April 7, at 9 a.m. The Rams enter the road trip with an overall record of 3-9, and seeking their first conference win. The two conference matches will be Colorado State’s third and fourth of the spring season.

Freshman Impact
Freshman Abby Stevens has earned the opportunity to play at the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 singles positions and has compiled an overall singles record of 7-5 this spring. Stevens and doubles partner, fellow freshman Mollie Cooper, have a combined doubles record of 7-4, with five of those victories coming at the No. 2 doubles position. Kendall Heitzner has shown considerable promise at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles positions earning a singles record of 5-6 this spring. 

About The Rams
The Rams enter the road trip with an overall record of 3-9 in the dual season. The Rams have shown improvement recently capturing victories in two of their past four matches. Rams’ sophomore Adriana Wojakowska posted individual victories in those two wins, defeating Rhode Island’s Karolina Wojciak 6-1, 6-0, and Cal State Los Angeles’ Sydney Postal 6-3, 6-4.

About Fresno State
Fresno State comes into the weekend match with an overall record of 9-5, 2-0 in conference play. Bulldogs’ senior Melissa McQueen and doubles partner Rana Sherif Ahmed recorded their eighth win of the year with an 8-2 victory over Pacific’s Hana Ritterova and Iveta Masarova. McQueen has also compiled a dual singles record of 9-3 this spring.

About Nevada
The Wolfpack enter the weekend with an overall record of 6-4, 0-1 in conference play. Wolfpack senior Emma Verberne has a winning streak of seven matches, most recently defeating Sacramento State’s Jennifer Nguyen in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. Verberne has not lost a set since she was defeated by BYU’s Desiree Tran on Feb. 8.

Last Week
The Rams lost their most recent match to Wyoming 7-0. Rams freshman Kendall Heitzner, was narrowly edged by the Cowgirls’ Jessica Parizher 7-5, 0-6, with a 10-8 tie-breaker at the No. 5 position. Freshman Abby Stevens got to see action for the first time at the No. 1 singles position, and was defeated by the Cowgirls’ Veronica Popovici 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Quotes from Jon Messick
“Fresno State is a nationally ranked opponent right now so they are going to be really tough, and Nevada is not far behind them,” said head coach Jon Messick. “We have not really played against Fresno State recently, but we have seen some of Nevada’s players at our regional tournament, so I expect real tough matches all the way through. One thing that we are hoping is that we continue our improved play from the Wyoming match. We played some really good Wyoming players and it was an improvement over what we have done in the past. I think that if we can do that we can have some real tough matches against Fresno State and Nevada.”

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