Sonoma State blanks UCCS 9-0

By Mike McNeely published April 1, 2005

Sonoma State blanked the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's tennis team 9-0 Friday afternoon at the Broadmoor.

It was the Mountain Lions' first match since spring break and it was unfortunately against a tough Sonoma State team that hails from California.

Sonoma State has played well against hard-hitting Division I foes St. Mary's, UC Davis and San Jose State. The Seawolves have also posted an impressive 7-2 record against D-II competition.

"They had such great footwork," said Mountain Lions coach Matt Hays "California tennis is a whole other level."

The best match of the day was at No.3 doubles where Natasha Vander Molen and Nikki Duvall lost a hard-fought match to Trisha Piperbrink and Nicole Warm, 8-5. Duvall also played well at No. 6 singles before losing 6-2, 6-2.

"Our girls played pretty well today," said Hays. "If we carry over the intensity that we played with today (into tomorrow's match) we will probably beat Pueblo."

Laura Backlin, who lost at No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-0, echoed her coach's outlook.

"I think we can build off the things we did well today and play better tomorrow," said Backlin.

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