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Rams dedicate new tennis facility this weekend

September 23, 2010

The Colorado State women's tennis team returns this week to play its second fall tournament of the season, dedicating the Rams' new $2 million facility Friday and Saturday.

New $2 million tennis complex

For the 2010-11 season, the CSU tennis team will be provided with one of the finest facilities in the nation. The $2 million facility features 12 post-tensioned concrete courts, eight of which are lighted for night play.

The facility also offers a 25-foot-wide viewing area, spanning the length of the complex offering spectator seating for 150 people. Each court is individually enclosed with separate access, while the pavilion offers both men’s and women’s restrooms as well as a team room and storage area.

The CSU tennis complex is located south of the main Colorado State campus, on Research Blvd. north of Drake.

Rams host 2-day tournament

The two-day tournament will host teams from Weber State and the University of Northern Colorado in addition to the Rams. All matches will take place at the CSU tennis complex.

Weber State began its fall play last weekend alongside the Rams at the BYU tournament, while the University of Northern Colorado will commence its season play this weekend.

Injuries suffered last week

Northern Colorado will be bringing eight players, Weber State will bring six and the Rams plan to have eight players return to play this weekend, but may see some of the players sit out due to injuries suffered at the BYU Invitational last week.

“It was unfortunate that we had to retire a few matches last weekend,” said Head Coach Jon Messick. “Luckily most of the matches we had to retire, we were playing each other.”

Looking to gain momentum

The Rams are looking to build off last week’s play, working to stay consistent throughout the weekend in order gain momentum going into the season.

“The primary goal for their weekend is to see a consistent effort from one day to the next,” said Messick. “We also need to cut down on our errors, staying more consistent in match-play.”

Match play begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

The CSU Invitational will mark the Rams’ second fall tournament after competing at the BYU Invitational last week.

The tournament format will be three singles flights and three doubles flights; match play will run Friday through Saturday. Match play will begin at 9 a.m. both days.

For more information and to get daily score updates, visit the live stats page available on the main tennis page at

Rams to host 2011 MWC Championships

CSU will host the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championships and also five home matches.