March 4, 2011

Another heartbreaking loss for women's tennis


GREELEY, Colo. – For the third-straight match, the Northern Colorado women's tennis team dropped a to-the-wire 4-3 match, this time falling to Montana State at Work Out West.

As it has in the last two matches, the doubles point proved crucial. The pair of Jennifer Whateley and Adriana Nieto played together for the first time this season and they pulled out an extra-game 9-7 victory. The other two doubles sets went to the Bobcats, but both were extremely close, ending at 8-6.

"I was pleasantly surprised with our fight and determination in doubles at the number two spot," said Head Coach Brenda Vlasak. "I can honestly say that we are making progress as a team."

The Bobcats won the odd numbered matches, while the Bears (3-8) won the even matches.

 "Today's loss was a heartbreaker," said Vlasak. "We came so close to winning several times. I know the girls want it badly and they know their time is coming and that all this hard work will eventually pay off."

Nieto improved to a perfect 4-0 at number two after winning in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-1. At number four, Stephanie Catlin won her fourth consecutive match, battling through a tough three-set match that included a first-set tiebreak, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3.

"Basically, we are tired of these close 4-3 losses," said Vlasak. "We understand that it is now a matter of who wants it more and who is willing to dig in and get the job done!"