Stong doubles play not enough in loss to Metro
While the sun was shining Friday, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's tennis team's doubles was shining as well. Unfortunately, when the sun set, so did the hopes of defeating the defending Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion Metro State Roadrunners.
Despite winning two out of three doubles matches, the Mountain Lions were defeated 6-3 by the Roadrunners at the Broadmoor.
CU-Colorado Springs' Katie McPhail and Jessika Kardel upset Metro State's Natalie Ilott and Mercedes Pollmeir 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. At the same time, the Mountain Lions' No. 3 doubles Danele Brennenstuhl and Kim Howard defeated Metro's Taya Bachmann and Annette Cheverria 8-3.
"It was nice because the serves actually went in the box today," said Howard, who added that her serving was sporadic in practice the previous day.
Only Metro State's No. 1 tandem and sister act, Beck and Jess Meares, was able to score a doubles victory, beating Lauren Daniels and Kim Barberi 8-2.
"We had a lot of unforced errors today," said Barberi.
All of the Mountain Lions' players expressed that they played as if they had nothing to lose. That feeling of abandon did not carry over into the singles play, however.
Only Nikki Duvall was able to secure a win in singles for the Mountain Lions, winning 6-4, 6-4.
Brennenstuhl was also strong in singles, taking Bachmann to a third set tie-breaker before succumbing 7-5, 0-6, (4-10).
At Nos. 1-4 singles Metro State's Autrailian fearsome foursome of the Meares sisters, Pollmeir, and Ilott all won in straight sets.
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