Utah State's Women's Tennis Drops Close One To Porltand 4-3 Friday

April 2, 2004

LOGAN, Utah - Despite Courtney Anderson's 2-0 performance on the day, Utah State's women's tennis home woes continued as they lost to Portland 4-3 here Friday. The Aggies fell to 4-9 while Portland, which has won four of its last five, improved to 8-12.

The Aggies home troubles seemed to end early as they picked up the doubles point 2-1. Richelle Moon and Anderson overcame a 4-7 deficit to win the match 9-7 in number two doubles. Lauren Monson and Jill Smith won the number three doubles 8-5.

USU then jumped on the Pilots early as both Lindsey Bennion in number one singles and Jill Smith in number two singles took an early 4-1 lead in the first set. Bennion went on to win the first set 6-4 before dropping the next two sets 0-6, 5-7. Smith was unable to keep her momentum or the lead as she lost the match 5-7, 2-6.

Anderson and Carolyn Stephens won their singles matches convincingly 6-0, 1-0 in number four singles and 6-3, 6-0 in number five singles respectively. Portland's Alyson Tyson retired from her match against Anderson due to an injury.

With the match all square at 3 matches a piece, Andrea Hansen and Portland's Deirdre Ring-Marrinson were left to decided the match in number six singles. Hansen dropped the first set 2-6 before coming back in the second to win 6-3. Hansen fell behind early and couldn't climb out of the hole as she lost the final set 3-6.

"It was a back and forth battle," said head coach Christian Wright. "We just didn't make them work hard enough to win points."



This marks the first loss this year for the Aggies after winning the doubles point.

The Aggies head back to the road to face Idaho on April 8 and Boise State on April 9. Both matches will be at 1 p.m.

Portland 4, Utah State 3

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS SINGLES #1 - Cristin Sammis (UP) def. Lindsey Bennion 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 #2 - Kaori Tanabe (UP) def. Jill Smith 7-5, 6-2 #3 - Sanja Indie (UP) def. Richelle Moon 6-4, 6-1 #4 - Courtney Anderson (USU) def. Alyson Tyson 6-0, 6-1 (retire) #5 - Carolyn Stephens (USU) def. Bechy Correll 6-3, 6-0 #6 - Deirdre Ring-Marrinson (UP) def. Andrea Hansen 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Doubles #1 - Sammis/Indie (UP) def. Bennion/Stephens 8-4 #2 - Moon/C. Anderson(USU) def. Tanabe/Tyson 9-7 #3 - Smith/Monson (USU) def. Correll/Ring-Marrinson 8-5


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