BOULDER - The 2010-11 collegiate tennis season officially begins this weekend with the University of Colorado Invitational, Sept. 24, 25, 26 at the South Campus Courts. The Buffaloes will host the University of Denver and New Mexico State.
Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with singles and/or doubles play.
The Buffaloes begin the 2010 fall campaign under the direction of 12-year head coach Nicole Kenneally. Kenneally ranks second all-time in school history with 126 victories. She welcomes a pair of new coaches to her staff with Cannon Campbell and volunteer assistant Richard Johnson.
Johnson, a Grand Junction, Colo. native, excelled during his prep career at Fruita Monument High School winning the class 5A No. 1 singles state championship in 2002 and 2003.
Coach Kenneally welcomes to the 2010-11 team four freshmen, three juniors, one sophomore and one senior. The last time a Kenneally coached team was represented with one senior on the roster was the 2007 spring. That year, the Buffs won 16 matches, finished the spring with a No. 37 national ranking, and earned a place in the NCAA Tournament.
The Denver Pioneers open the fall season this weekend returning three letterwinners (all sophomores) and three freshmen from an 8-14 team a year ago. The Aggies, who opened fall play on Sept. 17-19 with their own invitational were 10-13 in 2010, also return a young squad with one senior, two juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.
CU is led by three-year letterwinner and lone senior Abbie Probert (London, England). Probert ranks in the top-20 of all-time doubles victories (52). With three more doubles wins, she will move into the school's top-10.
Ania Anuszkiewicz (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), Madie Kern (Broomfield, Colo.), Michala Hedelund Jensen (Frederiksberg, Denmark) represents the three juniors on the roster.
Anuszkiewicz won 18 doubles and seven singles matches a year ago, while Hedelund Jensen tallied 16 doubles and 14 singles victories.
Erin Sanders (Parker, Colo.) is the lone sophomore on the team. She collected 13 singles tallies with six of them at the No. 6 singles slot. Sanders also picked up 11 triumphs on the doubles court.
The 2010-11 roster features a quartet of freshmen, the most on the team at one time since the 2004 fall season. They are Kristina Barber (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Winde Janssens (Peer, Belgium), Carla Manzi Tenorio (Cali, Colombia), and Kristina Schleich (Lilienthal, Germany).
Janssens and Manzi Tenorio are the first-ever tennis student-athletes in the program from Belgium and Colombia, respectively. Schleich is the fifth German student-athlete in the CU program and the third in the last 12 years.
After the three-day CU Invitational, the netters travel to the United States Air Force Academy for another three-day tournament from Oct. 1-3.