Lobos Fall to Pacific 4-3 in a Close Comeback
Feb. 15, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In the longest match of the season so far, a grueling 4 hour and 30 minutes, the Lobos fell 4-3 to the Pacific Tigers in what has to be the closest comeback that Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper's Lobos have made so far.
At the number one position in doubles, the duo of Laura Richardson and Michaela Bezdickova teamed up to face Hana Ritterova and Iveta Masarova. The pairs were so evenly matched that the only way the match could be decided was at the set tiebreaker. Pacific got the upper-hand there as they won 9-8 (7-3).
At number three doubles, the partnership of Katie Wookey and Kristin Eggleston managed forced a close match against Regina Suarez and Gergana Boncheva. The Tigers got ahead of them to win the match 8-6.
The Lobos had lost the doubles point but they were not out of the match just yet. Singles was still left to play and it was certainly a sight to see as it came down to the wire with number five singles being forced to play a full three sets in order to see who would become the victor.
At number one singles, Bezdickova took on Masarova. The two were the second to last to come off the court. Bezdickova took the first set and kept her momentum going to win the match 6-4, 6-2 and placed the Lobos 3-3 in the match.
At the number two spot, Eggleston gained two games in the first set but her opponent Ritterova didn't let her get any more after that. Eggleston fell with a score of 6-2, 6-0 to put Pacific up one more point.
At the number three position, Grbac did not let her opponent Te get any more than three games in both sets as she won the match 6-3, 6-2. She was the fourth person off the court and put the Lobos up to 2-3 against Pacific.
"I knew that I needed to be more positive because I had lost in doubles," Grbac said. "I knew that I needed even more positive energy to carry me into my singles match. It really helped me."
At the number four spot, Wookey fell to Ferrari with a score of 6-1, 6-1. She was the third person off the court to place Pacific up to 3-1 against the Lobos.
Now we have come to the recap of the number five singles. This match was a nail-biter from start to finish.
Richardson faced Boncheva and won the first set in a close contest 6-4. It was here that Boncheva had picked up her style of play and took the next set 6-4. By this time, all of the courts had been cleared and it was all down to the outcome of this match to decide which school wins.
The tension had been mounting with the break in between sets. Both schools were cheering as loud as possible for their teammates. The players were certainly feeling the pressure because after each point, there would be loud cries from whoever had the point.
Boncheva had the advantage in the third set since she still had some momentum from the last set to help propel her in the third. She took the first games early and did not let up. She eventually won the nail-biting match 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and helped Pacific to their 4-3 victory over the Lobos.
At the number six position, Susanna Kuuttila started the change in momentum for the Lobos as she dropped only four games in both sets against Suarez to win the match 6-4, 6-0 and put the Lobos up on the board at 1-1.
"I played a really tough competitor," Kuuttila said. "She didn't miss that much and ran down a lot of shots. She came to the net a lot off my underhand serve which is what I'm hitting right now. She was a great competitor and it was a great match. It felt really good to win."
The Lobos will play tomorrow against Northern Arizona at 3:00 p.m. MT at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex. Live scoring will be available at http://www.golobos.com/livestats/w-tennis/xlive.htm
"Northern Arizona is a really solid, feisty team," Jasper said. "They fight really hard. Their doubles is sound. My guess is it is going to be a similar match to today so we have to take care of our side on the court and hopefully put ourselves in a position to maybe take one tomorrow."
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