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Corwin clinches tie-breaker win for CSU’s ninth victory of the season

Colorado State tennis flew to California to play two matches against The University of San Diego and UCSD for spring break play. In the middle of their winningest season since 2004, the Rams added another victory to their record against UCSD after a close loss to the University of San Diego.

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Freshman Emma Corwin hits against her oppenent from Omaha during the Rams first home matches of the season on March 3. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

To begin the play in San Diego, the Rams visited the Hogan Tennis Center Wednesday afternoon. The Rams quickly faced adversity against the San Diego Toreros. In doubles play at courts one and two, Ram duos Alyssa Grijalva/ Priscilla Palermo and Emily Luetschwager/Emily Kolbow held close against their counterparts, eventually losing 7-5 and 6-4, respectively.

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After losing the initial team point in doubles, the Rams were completely swept by San Diego in singles. 

“That’s a very good team,” coach Jarod Camerota said referring to San Diego. “We had a shot in doubles, then they were really good in singles. We have to be more patient in our rallies and step in the court to take away our opponents’ time.”

Rebounding from the prior loss, the Rams went into their second day against the UCSD Tritons with energy. The Tritons are the currently ranked No. 14 nationally among Division II tennis programs. Despite the public recognition, the Rams remained confident in their ability to add another victory to their impressive season.

In the singles portion of the day, UCSD led the match with a 2-0 lead before Emily Luetschwager responded with a swift win over her opponent, Becky Chou, 6-0, 6-3.

Grijalva and Kolbow fought their way to individual victories against Alexandra Weil and Valeria Corral to boost their team score to 3-2. After Palermo’s loss to Ashley Chao, Emma Corwin battled in a tie-breaker set to clinch a victory over Chloe Wright, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11). The extended stretch of time required for this matchup proved costly for Corwin as she needed a medical time-out due to a cramp in her leg.

However, Corwin battled through the fatigue and bested Wright with the encouragement from her teammates.

After every point, my team went crazy and honestly I was screaming too. I was so fired up,” Corwin said. “I keep being put in the position to clinch so I’m no longer afraid of it. I know I can pull it out no matter who’s across the net.”

This win for Corwin improves her singles record to 7-6, winning six of her last seven matches. The single Ram duo of Grijalva and Palermo defeated Chao and Chou (6-4), to secure the team’s eighth victory of the season.

The Rams will return home to battle against Creighton and Weber State March 24-25.

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“We are playing at home against two teams we definitely can beat so we really need to stay focused and healthy because everyone is out there wanting to win,” Corwin added.

CSU’s Mountain West play will resume on March 29 against Utah State in a home match.

Collegian sports reporter Michelle Gould can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @michellegouldd

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