After cruising past conference rival Wyoming, the Rams tennis
team stymied Northern Colorado Tuesday, sweeping every match and
improving this season to 9-5.
The Rams are riding a five-match win streak and the timing
couldn’t be better as the team heads deeper into conference
“This is a young team, but they’re really starting to come
together and play well,” said head coach Jon Messick. “Right now
it’s just all about getting these girls on the court and getting
them some experience.”
The Rams faced a hungry Wyoming team Saturday and used solid
play from freshmen Emily Kirchem and Tatyana Ugorich to lead the
Rams to an undefeated start in Mountain West play. Ugorich, who
recently returned from shoulder surgery, has won 11-of-12 matches
this season. Not far behind Ugorich is Kirchem, who has won seven
straight at the team’s No. 2 position.
“Emily and Tatyana both have been undefeated in March. They’re
just playing phenomenally,” Messick said.
Doubles play has also improved for the Rams; two of three
pairings won against Wyoming and all three pairings swept Northern
Against the Division II Bears, the Rams had a difficult time
finding a rhythm early on but later rolled to an easy win.
“UNC is a Division II school so the level of competition wasn’t
as fierce as we’ve been playing lately, but it was still a
hard-fought match,” Messick said.
Coming up for the Rams are two pivotal meetings this weekend
with Mountain West rivals Air Force and New Mexico.
“Our goal is to win the Mountain West title and in order to do
that we need to win these conference matches,” Messick said. “New
Mexico is a very good team and will likely be one of the toughest
matches all season. Right now everybody’s playing well and the team
is really coming together. Our best chance to get an NCAA berth is
to win the conference, so that’s our plan.”