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
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
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
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
“Overall, our team played well against some pretty talented
competition and things seem to be coming along well for our
players,” Messick continued.