CSU-Pueblo gets first Steel and Silver points

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 5, 2005

Katie McPhail and Natascha Vander Molen won their doubles match and Lauren Schmidt won her singles match, but those were the only points the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs could muster in an 7-2 loss to Colorado State-Pueblo Wednesday at Pueblo's City Park.

McPhail and Vander Molen topped Ashley Erickson and Suzanne Nagy 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. McPhail and Vander Molen are now 4-0 in doubles play.

With the win, CSU-Pueblo scored their first points in the Steel and Silver rivalry series with UCCS. The Mountain Lions now lead 8-2.

UCCS dropped five of the six singles matches, with Schmidt providing the lone point with a win over Suzanne Nagy. Kristi Sampson also played well, taking her opponent to a third set. Despite the score, UCCS coach Matt Hays had plenty of room for optimism since the Mountain Lions' path to vast improvement is rather simple - but not easy.

"The girls need to work on conditioning and footwork and getting balanced over the ball," said Hays. "(That way) they're in good position to take advantage of the point rather than just reacting to what's being hit to them."

Aside from her unbeaten doubles record, McPhail has put together a 2-2 singles record while playing out of the difficult No. 1 position.

"Every team usually has a really good No. 1 player," acknowledged McPhail. "This is my third year on the team so I've kind of taken on the captain role."

Although McPhail was beaten 6-2, 6-2 Wednesday, she authored many long rallies. Her opponent, Cyndi Nagy, was simply able to put together more winners.

"I played well," said McPhail. "I just played against a really good competitor."

The uneven score continued an odd trend for UCCS. The Mountain Lions' wins over Colorado Christian and Metro State have come by 9-0 and 8-1 scores. Each of their two losses have also been 8-1.

"There're some really good teams in the RMAC," said McPhail. "Hopefully we'll rise to the occasion in the spring."

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