Women’s tennis falls 5-1 to 43rd in the state of Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colorado- The Creighton women’s tennis team fell 5-1 to No. 43 Colorado State on Sunday afternoon at the Fort Collins Country Club in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The loss drops the Bluejays to 12-5 on a year-to-year basis while Colorado State improved to 11-2 overall.

The Rams secured the first point of the afternoon with victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in doubles. Colorado State clinched a 6-2 win in the freshman at top spot in doubles Ana Paula Martinez and second graders Valerie Negin combined for a 6-1 triumph in second place for the Bluejays in doubles. In the deciding third doubles match, Sarka Richterova and Viktoryia Zhadzinskaya of Colorado State clinched the double with a 6-2 win in third place.

In singles play, the Rams picked up wins in the first three singles positions to win the overall doubles before the sophomore year Siri Kongara picked up a 6-4, 7-5 win in 6th place in singles for Creighton’s only point of the game.

graduate Leanne Kendall earned a hard-fought 7-5 win in the first set and led in the second set before Richterova reacted to secure a 7-6 (7-1) win and force a crucial decider. In a back-and-forth last frame, Richterova overcame an early deficit to claim a 10-7 win in 5th place singles.

“We had a couple of chances against a high-level team today and just didn’t take them,” said the head coach Tom Lili. “It is unfortunate that the result will drop to 1-5 as we thought we had two more match wins while our doubles could have made the difference today. It was a better match than yesterday with a lower height and more confidence but we just pulled it off and we’re looking forward to a great game in Lincoln on Wednesday.

The Bluejays return to court at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon when they head down I-80 to play Nebraska at the Dillon Tennis Center.

#43 State of Colorado 5, Creighton 1
March 19, 2023 in Fort Collins, Colorado (Fort Collins Country Club)

game notes
Creighton 12-5
#43 Colorado State 11-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Single (2,1,3,6,5)


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