Season-opening loss doesn't quell optimism
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's tennis team lost its first match of the season, but not its optimism. Indeed, it takes only a casual look at the 9-0 defeat to Colorado Christian to see why coach Sarah Cartwright sees so much positive for the coming season.
Despite having freshman in each of the top three spots, the Mountain Lions were competitive in all three doubles matches against the Cougars, who eliminated CU-Colorado Springs in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship tournament this past spring. The largest margin of defeat was 8-4, suffered by CU-Colorado Springs No. 3 tandem of Jordan Bailey and Kim Barberi.
In singles play, four of the six matches had to go to a super-tiebreaker, which is played instead of a deciding third set.
They say close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. But close isn't bad in fall tennis with a very young team, either.
Lauren Daniels, Jessika Kardel, Danele Brennenstuhl and Bailey all managed to split their first two sets and force a super-tiebreaker, which is a ten-point set with alternating serves similar to a regular tiebreaker. Bailey lost 11-9 in the super-tiebreaker, while Brennenstuhl (10-8), Kardel (10-8) and Daniels (10-5) all fell short as well.
Kim Howard forced a regular tiebreaker in her first set against Colorado Christian's Deb Deville, but lost 4-7 for a 6-7 set score. Deville then finished the sweep with a 6-1 second set.
CU-Colorado Springs freshman Katie McPhail, playing out of the No. 2 spot, lost to Sarah Spence 6-1, 6-1.
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