Tennis in good form in fall

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Sep 292003
 
Authors: Rob Bombard

The Colorado State women’s tennis team finished strong at this

weekend’s BYU invitational after stellar individual performances by

freshman Emily Kirchem and sophomore transfer Jasmin Singh.

With Dasha Zuhrin sitting out the tournament, the Rams lost

their number one singles player and some much needed

leadership.

But the team stepped up to the challenge and went into the

tournament with a shortened roster.

“It was tough without Zuhrin, but the girls really played hard

and everybody stepped it up a notch in competition. I think we had

a real good showing from our players,” said head coach Jon

Messick.

The Rams had their work cut out for them in Provo, Utah,facing a

bevy of talented teams all at full strength.

Top performers included Singh, who won her division and Kirchem

who was moved up to the number one singles division to fill in for

Zuhrin and finished in third place.

“We were very impressed with the way Emily played this weekend,”

Messick said. “For a first semester freshman to come into this

weekend and play at the number one spot and finish third overall is

incredible, especially considering the competition she faced were

all regionally ranked opponents.”

Freshman Charity Malone also had an impressive showing for the

Rams finishing third in the number three division singles bracket

after losing a close three-set match to Washington State’s Nora

Gaal.

The team has three weeks to prepare for their next tournament

when they’ll play in the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa, on

Oct. 17 to 19.

“There are still some things we need to work on before the Drake

tournament,” Messick said. “Our doubles lineups are still something

we need to figure out and with a little more time I think we should

have a pretty good feel as to what the pairings will be come

springtime.”

“Overall, our team played well against some pretty talented

competition and things seem to be coming along well for our

players,” Messick continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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