Apr 112010
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

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.

Friday’s loss to the Cougars was the most contested of the matches, ending in a 4-3 victory for BYU.

“The team played great (Friday),” head coach Jon Messick said. “We 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.”

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.

“It was one of the biggest comebacks I had ever seen,” 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 Utah’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.

“I thought we played as well as we played (Friday). We just played a better team (Saturday),” Messick said. “We 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.”

The Air Force Falcons defeated the Rams 5-2 Sunday to extend CSU’s losing streak to four matches, its second longest of the season.

Sports reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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