After a lackluster start to the spring season the Rams tennis
team has made an impressive turnaround winning three of their last
four dual matches, improving its overall record to 3-3.
With an easy 7-0 victory to start the weekend over Montana State
in Boise, Idaho, the Rams faced their stiffest competition of the
season in Boise State.
“They had a very good team top to bottom. We knew it would be a
challenge to come into their place and beat them,” said head coach
After falling to the Broncos 5-2, the Rams put the loss aside
and finished out the weekend with an impressive win over UC-Santa
Freshman Emily Kirchem went 3-0 at the No. 2 slot for the Rams
and was matched by teammate Tatyana Ugorich’s effort. Ugorich also
swept the competition at the No. 6 position.
“Those girls had outstanding performances last weekend,” Messick
said. “They were focused and really got our team’s confidence level
The Rams have been inconsistent on the road this season and have
had trouble winning close matches. However, with that in the back
of their minds, the Rams erased all doubts as to what they were
capable of after a blowout victory over Montana State.
“Montana State was definitely the weakest of the three, but it
was great for our girls to get some momentum and start off the
weekend with a big win,” Messick said. “Boise State was a tough
match, but I think losing the way (we) did got (us) fired up to get
a win against UC-Santa Barbara.”
Against the Gauchos of Santa Barbara, the Rams nearly swept the
singles lineup, dominating with a 5-of-6 winning match play. The
doubles squad continued to be a weak spot for the team, but it saw
some improvement from last weekend’s performance in Colorado
“Against UC-Santa Barbara we decided to play with the doubles
pairings a bit and it ended up working out for us,” Messick
The team is riding high after its performance in Boise and looks
to carry the momentum into El Paso, Texas, this weekend where the
team will face Western Athletic Conference foe UTEP and Sun Belt
schools, New Mexico State and North Texas.
“Our team’s spirit is pretty high right now. We have a lot of
confidence heading into this weekend,” Messick said. “We know these
teams are good, we just need to play hard and put in the effort. I
expect all three (teams) to very tough, but I think this team is
capable of going 3-0 this weekend.”