The CSU tennis team won eight singles matches at the U.S. Air
Force Academy Invitational in Colorado Springs this weekend.
After the first day of competition CSU had already locked up
eight total victories with six coming in singles competition. Every
Ram won at least one match, and Alexandra Paganetti was the only
Ram to defeat all of her opponents on the first day of
On the second day in Colorado Springs, Dasha Zhurin finished in
fifth place of the first flight, after beating Georgia Southern’s
Stephanie Tyrell 6-3, 6-1. Emily Kirchem finished in third place in
flight two after beating Denver’s Stephanie Ginsburg 6-3, 6-2.
Paganetti suffered her first singles loss of the tournament by
dropping the flight five championship match to finish second.
On day one, CSU won both doubles matches they competed in. Emily
Kirchem and Dasha Zhurin took care of Denver’s Rachel Sackmaster
and Marisa Mechem, 8-6. Paganetti and Jasmin Singh won their match
as well 8-3, despite being matched against Jessica Vander Kooi of
Georgia Southern and Carla Pallares of CSU.
The Rams had less success on the final day of the tournament as
Zhurin and Kirchem finished in fourth place for flight one,
dropping consecutive matches to New Mexico 8-4 and Texas-El Paso
Paganetti and Singh split their matches winning 8-4 over New
Mexico before falling to CU 8-2. After losing to DU 8-5, Pallares
and Vander Kooi finally picked up a win over Air Force 8-5.
Last week the Rams sent two players to the Riviera/International
Tennis Association Women’s All-American Championships in Pacific
Palisades, Calif. Zhurin and Kirchem competed in singles and
In singles competition Zhurin lost 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4 to Janelle
Kolloi of Santa Clara. While Kirchem suffered the same fate falling
in three sets to Nicole Shabaz of Cal Poly 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. Kirchem
and Zhurin then worked together in doubles competition, dropping
their only match to Dianne Matias and Lindsey Nelson of Southern
Now the Rams will be idle until the ITA Central Region
Championships on Oct. 20 in Tulsa, Okla.
The CSU Women’s golf team was one of only three teams at the
University of Colorado Heather Farr Memorial Invitational to finish
above CU last weekend.
The Rams tied with Idaho in second place behind San Jose State,
shooting 606. The Spartans shot a 587 to run away with the
It has been a good year thus far for the Rams with a first place
finish at Ptarmigan and a fifth place finish at the Ron Moore
tournament in Highlands Ranch.
The Rams will now have to leave the state for the first time
this year to go to Boise, Idaho for the Boise State Invitational on
the Oct. 11 and 12.