Oct 102004
Authors: Pete Scalia

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

doubles competition.

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

California 8-0.

Now the Rams will be idle until the ITA Central Region

Championships on Oct. 20 in Tulsa, Okla.

Women’s Golf

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.

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