Women's Tennis Takes Second In Boulder
(Sept. 26) - The CU Challenge saw some dreary days with the first day of fall bringing rain and snow to the tournament. After a two and a half hour drive to Boulder, the team drove back to Denver to start the matches on Friday. Due to the weather constraints, all doubles were played Friday evening with a set. In the round robin format, the Lady Falcons came up with a first place win in the flight two doubles, with the team of Gina Black and Kristel Chuntraruk.
"I was extremely pleased with the way all our doubles teams competed and played," said Falcon's head coach Kim Gidley. "Compared to where we were last year at this time, we did a much better job of expecting to win and not being intimidated by the schools our opponents were from. The other thing I am excited about is that our doubles teams are already able to do some things that we had not been able to last year because our "knowledge of how to play doubles" and the execution is at a higher level. This is where are teams were competing at, in February of last year. It's always a nice feeling to not feel as if you are always starting over at the beginning of each season. It is great to carry over that experience and confidence."
Saturday saw the schools only competing in singles at a different club from the day prior in Denver. The format changed from match to match due to losing courts in the middle of the day. Some matches played two sets and a super tie-breaker for the third, a pro set, or a regular set, and to not playing after you lost twice. *A Super Tie-Breaker is played like a regular tie-breaker, except to 10 points. "The most impressive thing about our team was their level of fight," said Gidley. "When I look at our scores, I am impressed. We had Laura Nigro lose a close first set against CU's winner of the flight two draw and came back to win the second set, only to lose the super tier- breaker 10-8. Also, Kelli O'Bryant in flight three, came back from a close first set to also lose in the super tie-breaker 10-6. In the same flight, Ashley Gee came back from a 6-1,1-0 deficit - to win the super tie-breaker 10-6. Ashley also defeated last year's finalist in flight two - from CU - in the semis."
Sunday saw much of the same confusion. "We once again played at a different club, as well as scoring formats from each match," said Gidley. "Freshman, June Lee, and sophomore, Heather Shelby, both lost in the semis in flight four singles. Senior, Kristel Chuntraruk, lost in the semis of the flight one singles. The only finalist for the Lady Falcons was junior, Ashley Gee, in flight three singles. Ashley had two hard fought matches and then went right back on the court. Without a different scoring format for the finals and rest between the semis, Ashley was right in there. Ashley is a player who plays within her limits and fights for everything. Overall, it was a great start for the lady Falcons."
Flight One Doubles
Heather Shelby and Brooke Parsons (AFA) lost to Pospisilova and Kochloffelova (DU) 6-3.
Heather Shelby and Brooke Parsons (AFA) defeated Dimingo and Graeubig (CU) 6-2.
Denver University - 1st, Wyoming - 2nd, Air Force Academy - 3rd, Colorado University - 4th.
Flight Two Doubles
Gina Black and Kristel Chuntraruk (AFA) defeated Bjorkman and Berzins (CU) 6-4.
Gina Black and Kristel Chuntraruk (AFA) defeated Bowman and Terhaar (WY) 6-0.
Air Force Academy - 1st, Colorado University - 2nd, NMSU - 3rd, Wyoming - 4th.
Flight Three Doubles
Kelli O'Bryant and June Lee (AFA) lost to Thomas and Wolfe (DU) 6-3.
Kelli O'Bryant and June Lee (AFA) lost to Stoeckel and Diaz (NMSU) 7-5.
Colorado University - 1st, NMSU - 2nd, Denver University - 3rd, Air Force Academy - 4th.
Flight Four Doubles
Jennifer Nigro and Laura Nigro (AFA) defeated Messaros and Dithmer (DU) 6-3.
Jennifer Nigro and Laura Nigro (AFA) defeated Espinosa and Hancock (WY) 7-6.
Colorado University - 1st, Air Force Academy - 2nd, Wyoming - 3rd, Denver Colorado - 4th.
Flight Five Doubles
Alysia Camel and Ashley Gee (AFA) defeated Donley and Tuchfarber (DU) 6-2.
Alysia Camel and Ashley Gee (AFA) lost to DelMonte and Kneese (WY) 6-2.
Wyoming - 1st, Air Force Academy - 2nd, Denver University - 3rd, Colorado University - 4th.
Flight One Singles
Flight Two Singles
Consolation Finals not played.
Flight Three Singles
Consolation Finals not played.
Flight Four Singles
Flight Five Singles
Consolations not played.