Tennis loses 5-4 to Hays

By Mike McNeely published April 16, 2005

The UCCS women's tennis team suffered a 5-4 loss to Fort Hays State on Friday at the Country Club of Colorado.

Although the Mountain Lions dropped the match, they continued to show improvement as they head down the season's homestretch.

"We have been focusing less on wins and losses and more on just improving our game and getting better after every match," said Mountain Lion coach Matt Hays.

Katie McPhail fell behind early in her No. 2 singles match with Trina Swart. McPhail dropped the first set 6-2.

"I knew know matter how bad it looked that I needed to step it up and play better," said McPhail.

McPhail did just that, rebounding to win the second set 6-2, then put the match away by spanking Swart 6-0 in the third.

Lauren Daniels also came away victorious in singles play for UCCS. Daniels best Helen Brooks 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1. The win avenged a 9-7 loss that she and Jessika Kardell suffered to Brooks in doubles action.

UCCS lost all three doubles matches, something that has become a trend for the Mountain Lions.

"We have got to start winning in doubles," said McPhail. "(Doubles) has put us in a big hole the last few matches."

Laura Backlin won her sixth straight match and stayed undefeated in RMAC play by beating Lana Stessenburg 6-0, 6-1. Nikki Duvall also won at No. 6 for UCCS.

"We played a little bit better today," said Hays. "We just need to stay with it and not get discouraged."

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