LOGAN – Utah State women's tennis (10-10, 1-3 MW) came back from being down 3-0 to defeat Colorado State (8-9, 1-4 MW) and earn their first conference win of the season on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.
"We knew it was going to be a dogfight against Colorado State," said head coach Sean McInerney. "We didn't come out with the energy we're normally accustomed to, but depth of our team hung in there and got the momentum going. I'm really proud of this win and it was a great effort."
Colorado State earned the doubles point as they recorded victories at the first and third position, while junior Lucy Octave and freshman Annaliese County's match went unfinished at the second spot.
In singles play, the Rams won two straight matches at the top two spots to grab a comfortable 3-0 cushion. The Aggies fought all the way through on the remaining four courts as Octave came back from a 6-2 first-set loss to win her final two sets, 6-3, 7-5. County would make it a 3-2 contest as she too fell in her first set, 6-4, and came back to win her remaining two sets with 6-4 scores.
Freshman Gabrielle Dekkers was the lone Aggie to win in straight sets as she captured the 6-2, 7-6 (4) win at the No. 5 spot, tying up the score at 3-3. It all came down to freshman Sidnee Lavatai at the No. 6 spot, as she won her first set, 6-3, but Colorado State's Emily Kolbow won at the second set, 6-3, forcing the match to go to a third and deciding set. Lavatai played a solid third set, clinching the match with a third-set 6-1 score, as Lavatai clinched her second match of the season.
"It was good to get the first conference win of the season," said Octave. "It will give us confidence heading into the Boise State match next week. It was nice to get the win and hopefully we'll build on this."
Utah State wraps up the regular season by hosting Boise State (7-10, 0-4 MW) on Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m.
RESULTS Utah State 4, Colorado State 3 Doubles
1. CLIFFE, Stella/KOLBOW, Emily (CSU) def. Alexandra Pisareva/Alexandra Taylor (USU) 6-2 2. Lucy Octave/Annaliese County (USU) vs. GHANEM, Nancy/REEVES, Riley (CSU) 4-5, unfinished 3. LUETSCHWAGER, Emily/PALERMO, Priscilla (CSU) def. Sidnee Lavatai/Gabrielle Dekkers (USU) 6-4
1. LUETSCHWAGER, Emily (CSU) def. Alexandra Pisareva (USU) 6-2, 6-2 2. CLIFFE, Stella (CSU) def. Hannah Jones (USU) 6-1, 6-2 3. Annaliese County (USU) def. GHANEM, Nancy (CSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 4. Lucy Octave (USU) def. PALERMO, Priscilla (CSU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 5. Gabrielle Dekkers (USU) def. GRIJALVA, Alyssa (CSU) 6-2, 7-6 (4) 6. Sidnee Lavatai (USU) def. KOLBOW, Emily (CSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1