OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's tennis team opened play at the Koch Family Tennis Center for the first time this spring, but dropped a close battle with Northern Colorado 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. Creighton drops to 8-5 on the season, with the loss snapping its four-match winning streak.
"Give credit to Northern Colorado, as they are a good team and battled the windy elements much better than we did today," said head coach Tom Lilly.
Creighton again picked up the doubles point, winning two of three doubles spots. Analese Snyder and Jennie Hartjes earned an 8-4 win over Stephanie Catlin and Elizabeth Tapia at the No. 1 singles to open play, before Jennifer Whateley and Adriana Nieto evened play with an 8-5 win at the No. 2 doubles over Kelsey Schmidt and Mary McMullan.
The freshman duo of Elizabeth Vermillion and Amanda Noonan secured then gave Creighton the automatic doubles point, winning the No. 3 doubles 8-4 over Chrissie Hoolahan and Jennifer Buchanan.
UNC evened play with a 6-0, 6-3 win at the No. 6 singles when Chrissie Hoolahan defeated Vermillion. McMullan helped regain the Bluejay lead with a 6-1, 6-2 straight-set win over Jennifer Buchanan at the No. 4 singles.
Elizabeth Tapia put the Bears even again, 2-2 this time, when she defeated Snyder 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 3 singles. Creighton was the first to three, when Schmidt downed Adriana Nieto 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 2 singles.
The Bears then won the final two points to claim the 4-3 overall win. Jennifer Whateley defeated Hartjes 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 1 spot, before Stephanie Catlin narrowly escaped Koehrsen, breaking serve in a 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 win at the No. 5 singles.
"Taylor [Koehrsen] played her heard out but came up just short. We didn't have a complete team effort today so it was a disappointing loss, but all we can do is learn from it, move on and get better."
The Bluejays will be in action again on Tuesday, March 27, when they travel to Vermillion, S.D., to take on South Dakota. Following that match, the Jays will be home for a three-match stretch, hosting Nebraska-Omaha, Evansville and Southern Illinois.