Doubles teams lift Mesa men to pair of wins
Doubles play led the Mesa State College men’s tennis team to its eighth dual victory in its past nine matches Saturday, beating Montana State Billings 5-3 and Nebraska-Kearney 6-3.
The Mavericks, ranked second in the region, play their first home match of the season Friday, and it’s a big one, against Western New Mexico, the top-ranked team in the region. That match begins at 3 p.m. at the Elliott Tennis Center.
The Mavericks, 8-3 this spring after a 4-0 fall dual record, won five of the six doubles matches, sweeping Nebraska-Kearney and winning the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches against Billings.
Jordan Chomko and Rashad Khamis lost their singles matches at the top of Mesa’s lineup, but Andres Hernandez won a three-set match against Luis Olivera, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 3 and Nick Provenza and Brason Hollabaugh followed suit to clinch the match. Niko Carrizo was winning his No. 6 singles match 6-4, 1-0 when it was stopped because the team victory had been assured.
Chomko came back for a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles against Nebraska-Kearney’s Josh Raymond and the Mavs picked up wins at No. 3 and No. 5 singles to wrap up the dual.
The women’s team defeated Billings 5-4, winning at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, then picking up singles wins from Kate Lowder at No. 2, Kaitlan Sera at No. 4 and Amber Armendarez at No. 5.
Kearney, though, claimed a 7-2 win, winning two of three doubles matches, then taking the top three singles matches. Kaitlan Sera won at No. 4 singles and she and her twin sister, Kelleen, won their No. 2 doubles match.
After facing Western New Mexico on Friday, the Mavericks face Metro State on Saturday at home.
Track & Field
Freshman Brooke Bosman had the best finish for the Mesa State women’s track team in the Tom Benich Open in Greeley. The Mavericks had planned to compete in the Mountaineer Open at Western State, but there’s still too much snow in Gunnison and the meet was canceled.
Bosman placed seventh in the 5,000 meters in 19 minutes, 42.62 seconds. Breanna Jones placed 10th in the 200 meters in 27.50 seconds. Alicia Gieck was 13th (27.87) and Taylor Allmon 15th (28.02). Jones also placed 11th in the 400 meters (1:02.03) and Ashlee Hafey was 18th (1:03.11).
Hafey placed 12th in the javelin (88 feet, 10 inches), Christina Slanger 13th in the long jump (16-0.25), Lindsay Hart 15th in the 100 hurdles (17.03 seconds), Andrea Ager 1th in the 400 hurdles (1:07.55). The Mavs’ 1,600 and 400 relay teams both finished sixth.
Fruita Monument graduate Sonni Russell was second in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 5 inches, for Colorado State, and Palisade graduate Holly Odneal, competing for Colorado, finished fourth at 5-3. Odneal also placed 12th in the 100 hurdles
Fruita graduate Steve Kasica was ninth in the men’s 400 meters (51.13) for Colorado.