Men’s Tennis Show Bright Spot Against CCU

This past weekend was a busy one for Colorado College’s men’s and women’s tennis teams, with the men’s team opening up their 2017 spring season, and the women’s team taking on Division I Northern Colorado University and heading up I-25 to play Colorado Christian University. The women had opened up their spring season two weeks prior with a tough loss to Divison I Utah State.

Senior Jason Gutierrez hits a backhand, and first-year Caroline James stikes the ball overhead on a serve. Photos courtesy of Sam Zarky and Charlie Lengal

The men’s team faced Colorado Christian on Friday in Lakewood, CO followed by Seattle University at the Air Force Academy on Saturday morning. Against Colorado Christian, the Tigers came out strong, taking a 3-0 lead by winning all three doubles matches. The energy carried over into the singles matches, with the men winning all six matches in straight sets. First-year Noah Forman came through big time winning at No. 1 doubles with senior Jason Gutierrez and then followed up with a singles victory, 6-2, 6-3. Gutierrez also quickly stomped his No. 2 singles spot with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. The Tigers swept Colorado Christian University, taking a 9-0 victory overall.

Unfortunately, the momentum couldn’t carry over to Saturday for the team’s matchup against Seattle University. The teams started the day with singles, and Seattle won the first five matches in straight sets before the meet ended due to time constraints. Forman had just split sets, and his third set was underway when the meet was halted.

“All our freshman played really well over all for the whole weekend,” said sophomore Daniel Holland. “Playing at Division I rules was a little different since they stop as soon as one team has enough matches to win, which is a bummer since one of our singles [Noah Forman] was beating his matchup when they called it.”

Unfortunately, the women’s team was not able to find a win this weekend either, but showed up to compete against two very strong opponents. With neither Colorado Christian nor Northern Colorado being DIII, the Tigers faced some great competition from the state of Colorado.

“Everyone came out and played really well for how much we played,” said sophomore Madison Doerre.

On Friday night, despite a pair of victories by first-year Jenna McDonald at the No. 1 singles position, the women’s team lost a hard-fought match with an ending score of 5-4. McDonald, along with sophomore Annie Zlevor, went on to win the No. 1 doubles match, 6-3. Senior Maddie Cahill-Sanidas won her No. 5 singles spot 6-3, 6-1, while first-year Morgan Smith also locked down her No. 6 singles match 6-1, 6-2. Unfortunately, Colorado Christian managed to win the other two doubles and take the No. 2, 3, and 4 singles matches for the team victory.

On Sunday, the Tigers struggled against DI Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. UNC swept the three doubles matches, and proceeded to win all six single contests in straight sets, taking the win with a 7-0 victory.

“Playing against Colorado Christian is always a solid matchup, so we knew it was going to be tough,” said Cahill-Sanidas. “But overall, the weekend was a really good experience with some very high caliber play.”

Both teams now return to the practice grind during a short break before their next competition. The women’s team will play next on Saturday, March 11, hosting Hastings College, and the men’s team will get back after it on Friday, March 17 against Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

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