Rams Tennis hosts UNC, Wyo To Close Regular Season
FORT COLLINS – After more than a week away from competition, the Colorado State tennis team will host Northern Colorado and Wyoming this week to close out the 2018 regular season. Both matches will be played at the University Tennis Complex, and admission is free.
CSU (10-10, 1-4 MW) has not played since defeating Air Force on April 8. With that win, the Rams reached double-digit dual match victories for the first time since going 10-12 in 2006.
An 11th win would give the Rams their most victories since the team went 14-9 in 2005.
“I think the team's going to be fresh and ready to go,” head coach Jarod Camerota said. “We will be looking to get to play hard and play with emotional maturity. I think we had a chance to rest a bit, but also we had the chance have a little training block to get our conditioning up and we should be ready to go for both matches."
Entering the final week of the season, the Rams have already had a year that marks significant progress for the program. While the Rams have appreciated their accomplishments, they are still hungry for more.
“We're excited that we hit that 10-win milestone; it feels good,” Camerota said. “We even have bigger aspirations than that and I think at the end of the year, we'll count how many total wins we have and kind of look back at the record book, but we don't necessarily talk about it now. Our minds are on winning this week.”
Sophomore Alyssa Grijalva (13-3) and freshman Emily Luetschwager (11-7) own CSU’s top two singles records, and the duo of Grijalva and freshman Priscilla Palermo (10-5) boast the squad’s top doubles mark.
Northern Colorado is 5-13 overall and will play at Air Force tomorrow in Greeley, Colo. The Bears have won only one road match, a 5-0 defeat of Concordia College on April 6. UNC has been competitive in doubles all spring, with the team combining to go 8-8 at No. 1 and 7-8 at No. 3.
Wyoming is 10-7 this spring, including a 2-2 mark in league play. The Cowgirls own wins over Utah State and Air Force in MW action. Magdalena Stencel leads the team with a 10-5 record in singles, all coming at the No. 1 spot.
Camerota and his team are eager to play a pair of local rivals this week to finish the regular season.
“It's going to be a battle with both UNC and Wyoming,” Camerota said. “Everyone wants to win the Border War, and even though UNC is not in our conference, it still feels like a rivalry. It’d be great to have our typical strong crowd come out and support us both days.”