The CSU women’s tennis team continued its road woes over the
weekend in San Diego with back-to-back conference loses to ranked
opponents San Diego State and UNLV.
The team struggled to find its rhythm all weekend and could not
find a way to finish off close matches. With the lingering effects
of an injured ankle, junior Dasha Zhurin struggled at the No. 1
position and lost both her singles matches over the weekend.
“Dasha is still not 100 percent (recovered) from her injury, and
being at the No. 1 slot, it’s very difficult to perform at that
level with a nagging injury,” said head coach Jon Messick.
Both conference matches were hard fought and decided by key
tiebreaker points in both doubles and singles play. The two losses
dropped the Rams below .500 in Mountain West play to 2-3 and
dropped the team’s overall record to 10-8 on the season.
“Both matches were very close,” Messick said, “against San Diego
State we lost two of the three tiebreakers and came very close to
winning doubles play, but small mistakes here and there cost us the
The Rams are still vying for the fourth seed in the Mountain
West Conference tournament but will need to find ways to win close
“We’ve been good this season in keeping it close,” Messick said.
“These have been hard-fought matches, we just need to find a way to
come out with a win.”
However, despite a disappointing trip to San Diego, a bright
spot for the Rams emerged with the return of sophomore Jessica
Jones, who, coming off a shoulder injury, went 1-1 over the
weekend, losing her only match on a tiebreaker point.
“It was really great to see Jessica play the way she did,”
Messick said. “To play that well after being out most of the spring
was very impressive.”
Coming up for the Rams is tomorrow’s meeting with the University
of Denver in Denver. The Rams faced Denver last fall and won,
“Denver is a talented team that gave us a run for our money this
fall. I expect this match to be a dogfight to the end,” Messick
Messick’s squad looks to learn from its recent struggles and
make a push for a higher seeding for the MWC championships May 1 in
San Diego by taking on Utah Sunday in Salt Lake City. The Rams have
had little trouble with the Utes recently.
“Hopefully our team will be healthy and we can compete at full
strength,” Messick said. “Right now we’re just trying to get back
on track and start making a push towards the end of the