Doubles trouble for Mountain Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 12, 2004

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's tennis team continued to experience doubles trouble in its 6-3 loss to the Colorado College Tigers Monday at the Garden of the Gods Club.

The Mountain Lions dropped all three doubles matches, putting them in a hole from which they could not recover. CU-Colorado Springs is now 7-23 in doubles play this season.

"It's just hard to understand why we're losing these (doubles) matches," said freshman Sean Voorhies, who is winless in seven tries in doubles. "I'm losing my mind."

When asked what would help change the trend of doubles futility, Voorhies deadpanned: "Brain transplant."

Coach Matt Hays' solution was more realistic, particularly since it didn't involve neurosurgery.

"We're going to reconfigure our doubles alignment," said Hays. "We're doing fine in singles, but we can't win in doubles to save our lives."

If Voorhies goes through with his brain replacement, he'd better hope it doesn't slow him down in singles. After Monday's 6-1, 6-3 win over Colorado College's Brad Miller, Voorhies has won both of his matches since moving from the No. 1 to the No. 2 singles spot.

Also winning in singles for the Mountain Lions was Jason Schultz, who took a 6-1, 6-3 decision from CC's Sandy Pope.

"I've been in a slump this year," said Schultz, who had lost four straight singles matches and came into Monday with a 3-6 record for the season. "It feels good to win again."

Also winning in singles was Travis Sellentin, who topped CC's Andrew Bell 7-6, 6-3.

Although the Mountain Lions fell to 1-9 on the season, they have been remarkably competitive. Remove shutout matches against Division I Colorado and DII powerhouse Midwestern State, and CU-Colorado Springs has gone 21-24 in singles. Six of the Mountain Lions' losses have been by 5-4 or 6-3 scores.

"We've lost a lot of close matches this year," said Schultz, who played on last season's CU-Colorado Springs team that finished second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. "We had three seniors on the team last year, so we had quite a bit of experience."

"We have a good team, but we're pretty young."

But getting older with every match.

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