Women's tennis splits in El Paso
EL PASO, Texas – The Northern Colorado women's tennis team split its matches over the weekend on the campus of UTEP, losing 7-0 to the host Miners before bouncing back to defeat Seattle 5-2.
The match on Sunday against Seattle was a rematch and the Bears improved the team score from 4-3 when the teams met at the Air Force Academy on Jan. 30, to 5-2 three weeks later in El Paso.
On Saturday against UTEP, the doubles play was extremely competitive, going extra points in all three. The Bears tandem of Lexi Filliol and Jennifer Whateley scraped out a 9-8 tiebreak win at number two, while both the one and three UTEP doubles teams won by scores of 9-7.
Whateley continued to play tough at number two singles. She won the opening set 7-5 before dropping the next two sets 6-2, 10-6. Fellow Brit, freshman Stephanie Catlin also went three sets, losing 6-4 in the first set but answering 6-4 in the second, forcing the tiebreak, which Alexandra Glebova won 10-5.
Against Seattle, Catlin and freshman Elizabeth Tapia paired up for the fourth time this year, picking up their first win with an 8-6 win. Seattle's number two and three doubles teams both won for one of the team's two points on the afternoon.
Whateley won in straight sets at number two singles (6-4, 6-4), as did Tapia at number three (6-3, 7-5), Catlin at five (7-6 (3), 6-0) and Jennifer Buchanan at number six (6-4, 6-3). Sophomore Adriana Nieto lost the second-set by a tiebreak, but bounced back for the third-set win (6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-4) to give the Bears five team points and their third win of the spring.
The Bears return to Big Sky Conference play on Friday at Portland State and also face the University of Portland on Saturday while in the Pacific Northwest. The team returns home on March 4 to host Montana State at 2:00 pm.