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CSU tennis falls in opening round of conference tournament

The Colorado State women’s tennis team traveled to Boise, Idaho for the 2018 Mountain West Tournament at the Appleton Tennis Center on April 26. Despite their best efforts, the 11th-seeded Rams came up one point short of an upset win over sixth-seeded Boise State.

Tensions were high as CSU battled Boise State in doubles to begin the match.

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The CSU Tennis team gathers around after the doubles match to prep talk and get ready for the singles matches that are about to begin.

“My personal mindset and the teams’ mindset was to play to win,” junior captain Emily Kolbow said. “We didn’t want to hold anything back and I don’t think we did. Everyone was excited for the match and had a lot of energy.”

To begin the day, sophomore Alyssa Grijalva and freshman Priscilla Palermo battled Anja Dokic and Wiktoria Nosek in doubles, ultimately losing to the Broncos, 6-3. Kolbow and her partner, sophomore Riley Reeves, competed at No.2 against Wilhelmina Palmer and Lilian Poling. The duo came up short as well, giving the Broncos the initial team point heading into singles’ play.

After Palermo’s singles loss at No.1 against Anja Dokic, 6-2, 6-1, the Rams were determined to get back on the board.

Freshman Emily Luetschwager clinched a close victory against Palmer, 6-4, 6-3, giving her teammates confidence in their own singles matches. The rookie ends her season with 20 singles wins, the second-most on the CSU roster.

Grijalva followed in Luetschwager’s footsteps, claiming her 21st singles victory, the most on the team. The Compton, California native dominated in her singles match against Hanna Kantenwein, defeating her, 6-1, 6-1.

To tie the match up, Kolbow rallied against Nosek, eventually clinching the victory with a score of 7-6, (9-7), 6-3. This win boasts Kolbow’s singles win total to 10 on the season.

Boise State’s Nancy Menjivar fired back to secure an additional point for her Broncos’ teammates against Emma Corwin in a three-set rally at No. 6.

The fate of the match took place on court five with Riley Reeves’ match against Vanessa Timm.

Timm defeated Reeves in the first set, 6-2, however, Reeves used this as fuel to come back and win the second set, 6-4. The would-be upset win was pitted in the final set, both squads spectating the match with one eye open. After a strong battle, Timm ultimately won the match for Boise over CSU.

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“I am really proud of Riley’s fight in singles,” coach Jarod Camerota said. “That’s a tough spot to be in and there’s a lot of pressure when you’re playing the last match on the court.”

CSU ends their season with the most wins in a season since 2004, sporting a record of 11-2.

“We fought very hard and I am so proud of this team,” Camerota said. “We continue to improve and I am very pleased with our effort tonight.”

The Rams’ roster lists no graduating seniors, showing growth and promise for the next upcoming year.

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

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