Wrapping up its fall season, the CSU tennis team will be playing
in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region
Championships today through Sunday in Tulsa, Okla.
The tournament serves as a preliminary ranking competition for
the team’s competitive spring season. Junior Dasha Zhurin,
sophomores Carla Pallares and Jasmin Singh and freshman Emily
Kirchem will represent CSU.
Zhurin was the leading Ram in last year’s competition, winning
her first three matches and making it to the Sweet Sixteen. Kirchem
and Singh each won their first matches last year.
Zhurin is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Air Force
Academy Invite Oct. 8-10 and only needs nine victories to break
into the top five on the CSU career singles wins chart. Going into
the tournament, Zhurin has 56 singles wins. Sanja Hansson, who
graduated in 2003, holds the CSU singles career record with 77.
Singh and Pallares finished second in doubles competition at the
AFA Invite, losing the championship match to Colorado. Kirchem got
two victories at the AFA Invite, which was good enough for a
After the ITA Central Region Championship, the Rams will be
preparing for the spring season, beginning on Jan. 22-23 with games
against Creighton and Nebraska.