Friday, the Colorado State tennis team lost its first home match of the season. On Saturday, it lost the second.
The Rams ended a tough weekend in the state of Colorado 0-3 following conference losses to BYU and No. 39 Utah at home, and to Air Force in Colorado Springs.
Fridayâ€™s loss to the Cougars was the most contested of the matches, ending in a 4-3 victory for BYU.
â€œThe team played great (Friday),â€ head coach Jon Messick said. â€œWe were literally within points of winning the match. We were a point away from winning the whole thing and a tiebreaker away from winning the whole thing.â€
Sophomore Veronika Wojakowska stood out for the Rams in the No.4 singles position, coming back from a 5-1 deficit in the second set after losing the first to win 12 of the next 15 games and knock off Elle Carney.
â€œIt was one of the biggest comebacks I had ever seen,â€ said Messick, who is currently in his 21st year coaching CSU tennis.
CSU lost 6-1 to the No. 39 Utah Utes the following day. However, they did manage to win two matches over the course of the day.
Wojasakowa and junior Melissa Holzinger defeated Utahâ€™s Evgenia Kryuchkova and Lisa Johnson 8-7 (7) at the No. 3 doubles position while sophomore Lauren Mulhern came out on top against Andrea Maughan in No. 6 singles.
â€œI thought we played as well as we played (Friday). We just played a better team (Saturday),â€ Messick said. â€œWe fought hard on all the courts. Especially the two matches we won, we came from behind to win. I was pleased with the effort, just not the result. On every court we gave (Utah) a tough match.â€
The Air Force Falcons defeated the Rams 5-2 Sunday to extend CSUâ€™s losing streak to four matches, its second longest of the season.
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