Women's tennis edged by Dallas Baptist

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 14, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS - Charis Lopez's comeback fell just short as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's tennis team dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to the Dallas Baptist Patriots Tuesday at the Country Club of Colorado.

Tied with Dallas Baptist's Lacy Eggleston at a set each and the team score sitting at 4-4, Lopez went down 5-1 in the deciding third set. The freshman from Denver mounted a spirited comeback, winning four straight games to tie the match at five. With both teams watching and aided by a pair of controversial calls, Eggleston managed to win the finl two games and take the match for the Patriots.

"Tennis is the only collegiate sport where the players make their own calls," shrugged UCCS coach Matt Hays, who was sympathetic to his players but refused to blame calls for the loss.

Hays was right not to do so since the Mountain Lions had plenty of chances to keep the match from ever getting to that point. At No. 2 doubles, UCCS' Jessika Kardel and Lauren Schmidt took their match against Candis Minor and Christine Wehrli to 8-8 before dropping the tiebreaker 10-9. Afterwards, all three of Dallas Baptist's singles wins went to a third set while UCCS managed to take only one three-setter (by Katelyn Towne).

Towne and Kim Howard took a 9-7 decision at No. 3 to give the Mountain Lions their only point in doubles. Schmidt made quick work of Minor at No. 2 singles, winning 6-2, 6-2, and Natascha Vander Molen scored an impressive 6-0, 6-4 win over Brittany Billings at No. 3 to give UCCS a 3-2 team lead. Dallas Baptist's edge in the three-setters made the difference.

 

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