HOUSTON, Texas - University of Colorado sophomore Winde Janssens won in clutch fashion Saturday at Houston's John E. Hoff Courts, defeating Celia Fraser 6-3, 7-6(3) in the final match of the afternoon, securing the 4-3 victory for CU.
The Buffs improved to 2-1 on the season and are hoping to keep the momentum rolling versus Stephen F. Austin on Sunday to complete the road-trip sweep.
Colorado is learning how to win with a roster dominated by youth. The eight member team features six true freshman/sophomores, one redshirt-sophomore, and lone senior Ania Anuszkiewicz.
"Today was a great team effort from top to bottom and involving everyone on the team," CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said, "Our singles lineup was made up of freshmen and sophomores and they continue to show (assistant coach) Courtney (Nagle) and myself what they are made of."
Houston earned the doubles point, winning two of three matches, and then continued to build a lead as Liselot Koenen defeated Camille Sabourin 6-0, 6-2. Yet, the Buffs were never rattled and answered with three consecutive points to take the lead.
Sophomore Kristina Schleich began the scoring going for the Buffs, handily defeating Bryony Hunter 6-3, 6-2, playing at number one singles spot. Fellow sophomore Carla Manzi Tenorio followed up Schleich with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Maja Kazmieruk. Then, freshman Julyette Steur continued the streak defeating Charlotte Phillips 6-1, 0-6, 6-1, proving the young Buffs can fight back.
Kenneally believes, "The players have done a great job early in the season showing their tenacity, considering we have come back from two doubles points down." The first victory of the season came against Air Force when the Buffs also fell behind after losing the doubles point.
After redshirt-sophomore Erin Sanders dropped a close match to Houston's Giogia Pozzan (6-3, 7-5), the pressure was placed on Janssens to provide the clinching point. The Peer, Belgium native delivered, earning her 17th career victory and first of the spring season.
"The great thing about today was that we were down all day until Winde finished the match and ultimately that is the time in the match when you want the lead...when the match is over."
Colorado now leads the all-time series with Houston 4-2-1.
Colorado 4, Houston 3
Colorado (2-1), Houston (0-2)
January 28, Houston, Texas
1d) Hunter/Pozzan (UH) def. Schleich/Steur (CU) 8-6
2d) Janssens/Manzi (CU) def. Koenen/Sanders (UH) 8-5
3d) Phillips/Kazimieruk (UH) def. Sanders/Anuszkiewicz (CU) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, *1
1s) Kristina Schleich (CU) def. Bryony Hunter (UH) 6-3, 6-2
2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Celia Fraser (UH) 6-3, 7-6(3)
3s) Giogia Pozzan (UH) def. Erin Sanders (CU) 6-3, 7-5
4s) Julyette Steur (CU) def. Charlotte Phillips (UH) 6-1, 0-6, 6-1
5s) Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Maja Kazmieruk (UH) 6-3, 6-1
6s) Liselot Koenen (UH) def. Camille Sabourin (CU) 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 5, 4, 3, *2