January 28, 2012

Sophomores lead women's tennis against UTEP

GREELEY – Sophomores Stephanie Catlin and Elizabeth Tapia paced the Northern Colorado women's tennis on Saturday afternoon against UTEP at Work Out West. The pair combined for a doubles victory and each won their singles matches as the Bears lost 5-2.

Catlin and Tapia won 8-6 in doubles, but the Bears (0-2) dropped their other two doubles matches in close fought battles and UTEP took the early 1-0 lead.

Senior Jennifer Whateley and junior Adriana Nieto lost 8-6 at number two doubles, while sophomore Jennifer Buchanan and freshman Chrissie Hoolahan fell 8-5 at number three.

All six singles matches were decided in straight sets with the Miners winning four and the Bears victorious in two.

At number two singles, Tapia posted a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Gabi Vazquez, while Catlin lost just one set at number five singles, winning 6-1, 6-0 over Anastasiya Sylenko.

Buchanan had a great battle at number three, almost forcing the tiebreaker in the first set before losing 7-5 and then she was broken just once in the second set for a 6-4 loss.

Nieto was also broken just once in the second set for a 7-5 loss after losing 6-2 in the first set at number four singles.

At number one singles, Whateley played an extremely talented Martina Trierweiler and lost 6-1, 6-3.

Hoolahan dropped the first set by a tiebreaker, but was unable to keep up the momentum and lost 6-0 in the second set at number six.

The Bears will head to the Pacific Northwest next weekend for matches against Eastern Washington and Gonzaga.