Tennis Preview: Rams travel to Colorado Springs for MWC Tournament
April 23, 2013
By Max Lerner
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Colorado State women’s tennis team will travel to Colorado Springs for the Mountain West Championships. Colorado State begins tournament play Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. vs. New Mexico. The winner of that match will take on San Diego State Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m.
About The Rams
The Rams enter the tournament with an overall record of 4-15 in the dual season. The Rams claimed a victory against Northern Colorado Monday, April 22 4-3in Greeley. Rams freshman Kendall Heitzner went undefeated in the Rams’ two most current matches, picking up singles victories at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions.
About New Mexico
The lobos enter the tournament with a dual record of 7-14, 1-7 in conference play. The Lobos’ Michaela Bezdickova has compiled a dual singles record of 15-6, with all of her victories coming at the No. 1 position. Bezdickova and doubles partner Laura Richardson have earned a doubles record of 8-13, with all of their victories coming at the No. 1 position.
The Rams lost to San Diego State 6-0, Thursday, April 18. In that match Abby Stevens was edged by the 6-2, 6-3 by the Aztecs’ Julia Wais. The Rams also fell to UNLV 4-1, Friday, April 19. Heitzner defeated the Rebels’ Anett Ferenczi-Bako 6-1, 7-5 at the No. 4 position for the Rams’ lone point. Stevens third set tie-breaker, (6-4, 6-7, 5-4) with Aleksandra Josifoska at the No. 1 position when play was stopped. Stevens battled back to win the second set after being down to force the tie-breaker, against the 37th ranked player in the country. The Rams also defeated the Northern Colorado Bears on Monday, April 22. Colorado State won four out of the possible six doubles points to win the overall match. Heitzner, Stevens and Natalie Heffron picked up singles victories in the Match against UNC. Adriana Wojakowska defeated Claire Uhle 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 4 position to clinch the match for the Rams.
Stevens again saw significant time at the No. 1 singles position where she earned her second victory at the No. 1 position. Stevens faced Aleksandra Josifoska the #37th ranked player in the nation on Friday, April 19, and forced her to a third set tie-breaker before play was suspended. Heitzner saw time at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions, capturing victories at both positions. Heitzner claimed the lone point for the Rams in a 4-1 loss to conference rival UNLV.
Quotes from Jon Messick
“We’re excited about the conference tournament, that is always a special tournament for us,” said head coach Jon Messick. “We also have the opportunity to play New Mexico in the first round, who we had a real tough loss to earlier this season. We are very close to New Mexico, and our lineups might look a little bit different this time around with a player or two, but I expect a real close, tough match. If we can win the match against New Mexico it gives us an opportunity to play the No. 1 seed in San Diego State, and that will be a unique opportunity for us. We will get a chance to play outdoors and play two opponents we have seen already, so I expect this to be a good test for us.”