February 10, 2008

Women's Tennis Drops Close Decision At Montana

Feb. 10, 2008

MISSOULA, Mont. - The University of Northern Colorado women's tennis won each of the top three singles matches, but could not quite pull out a victory at the University of Montana Sunday afternoon, falling 4-3 to the Lady Griz. The Bears move to 1-4 on the year and 0-3 in Big Sky Conference play, while Montana improves to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in league action.


Tabatha Knop and Manuela Santos joined forces to win the number one doubles, 8-6, but the Bears dropped the other two matches to lose the doubles point.


Tabatha Knop dropped the first set to Mari Castello 6-2 at number one singles, but bounced back to win the next two sets, 6-3 and 6-2, respectively. Santos won a thriller over Liz Walker at the second singles spot, winning the first set 6-3 before dropping a 7-6 tiebreaker (7-5) in the second set and winning the third set 7-5. Tiffany Knop won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 over Rebecca Bran at the number three position.


Montana's Martyna Nowak won the fourth ladder position in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2 over Jodi Ciarvella, while Danni Pualson won in straight sets at No. 5, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) and Cara Lehman needed three sets to defeat Luiza Xavier, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.


Northern Colorado returns home to host South Dakota State on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and Arkansas State at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Both matches will be played at Work Out West. The men's tennis team also hosts South Dakota State on Friday at 9:00 a.m.


Montana 4, Northern Colorado 3

Singles competition

1. Tabatha Knop (UNCO) def. Mari Castello (UM) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

2. Manuela Santos (UNCO) def. Liz Walker (UM) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5

3. Tiffany Knop (UNCO) def. Rebecca Bran (UM) 6-4, 6-3

4. Martyna Nowak (UM) def. Jodi Ciarvella (UNCO) 6-4, 6-2

5. Danni Paulson (UM) def. Karen Groll (UNCO) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)

6. Cara Lehman (UM) def. Luiza Xavier (UNCO) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Tabatha Knop/Manuela Santos (UNCO) def. Liz Walker/Mari Castello (UM) 8-6

2. Jessica Souza/Rebecca Bran (UM) def. Karen Groll/Hannah LaForest (UNCO) 8-2

3. Martyna Nowak/Danni Paulson (UM) def. Jodi Ciarvella/Tiffany Knop (UNCO) 8-4

Match Notes:

Northern Colorado 1-4, 0-3 BSC

Montana 1-3, 1-0 BSC