The Colorado State women’s tennis team kicked off its spring
2004 campaign with back-to-back losses in Lincoln, Neb. The team
faced stiff competition on Saturday from Big 12 opponent Nebraska,
losing 5-2, and matched that same losing effort the following
Sunday, falling to the University of Illinois- Chicago.
“I think there is a lot we still need to work on,” said head
coach Jon Messick. “Our five and six slots really need to play to
their abilities and step it up.”
Despite the disappointing start, freshmen standouts Charity
Malone and Emily Kirchem played well both in singles competition
and as doubles teammates.
Also playing well was No. 1 singles player, Dasha Zuhrin who
closed out the weekend with a 1-1 record.
“Dasha has been playing really well, she’s been working hard and
should have a very successful spring,” Messick said.
Problems with singles play include the No. 3, 5 and 6 spots –
all lost twice over the weekend.
“We really need better play out of our singles lineup,” Messick
said. “Those girls can play much better than they did and compete
at a far higher level.”
On the doubles side of things, the freshmen tandem of Malone and
Kirchem had the lone doubles victory over UIC, winning at the No. 4
spot with a commanding score of 8-1.
“Doubles play has been a problem for us in the past, but I think
they all played pretty well together and lost some close matches,
they have improved a lot and have become more competitive,” Messick
The Rams can now look ahead to improving their 0-2 record on
Feb. 13 against another Big 12 opponent in the Texas Tech Red
Raiders. The team will make the trip to a neutral site at the Air
Force Academy in Colorado Springs and hopes to build off of last
weekend’s stronger performances.
“This is a very talented team with a lot of good athletes,”
Messick said. “There are just some adjustments that need to be