BOULDER - There was a large crowd on hand Saturday evening at the Meadows Club, where the University of Colorado women's tennis team put on an impressive show, beating the visitors from Fort Collins, 6-1.
The Buffaloes continued a winning streak against Colorado State University that has lasted throughout the entire series (CU leads all-time 26-0). CU improves to 15-0 against the Rams when playing in Boulder.
Colorado started the dual off strong, winning the doubles point for the first time all season, and doing so in convincing fashion. The freshman-sophomore duo of Julyette Steur and Kristina Schleich began the night winning 8-4 at number one doubles.
Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio followed up with an 8-3 victory to clinch the doubles point after only two matches. Not even CSU siblings and doubles partners Adriana and Veronika Wojakowska could find chemistry on the court as Erin Sanders and Ashley Tiefel completed the round of doubles winning decisively, 8-2.
"We've worked really hard on (improving) our doubles play over the last couple of weeks," CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said, "The girls looked a lot more confident and comfortable out there on the doubles court tonight, and it is good for us to see that hard work paying off."
Sophomore Kristina Schleich improved to 3-2 in the spring season, defeating CSU's number one performer Tori Arneson, 6-0, 6-0. It was the first time this season that a CU player has defeated an opponent in straight sets without surrendering a single game.
"I think when we were down in Houston we were a better team than we were the first weekend of the season, and now two weeks later I think we are playing even better than we did in Houston," Kenneally added.
The dual was decided after only three singles matches were played when Colorado's Julyette Steur gave the Buffs a 4-0 lead defeating Natalie Heffron narrowly 7-5, 7-6(5).
This is Colorado's second victory against an in-state rival this season, as they defeated Air Force, 4-3 to begin the season back on January 20.
There is only one player on the roster from the state of Colorado (Erin Sanders, Ponderosa), but coach Kenneally wants her team to embrace having five in-state opponents on the schedule this season.
"Because a lot of the girls are not from Colorado, they may not totally feel what that CU-CSU rivalry is all about, or playing other teams from this state, so we talked about it in order to make sure they realized it was an important match to win, just like they all are."
The Buffs improved to 3-2 and travel to Albuquerque next week to face the New Mexico Lobos before returning home with matches against two more centennial state foes in Northern Colorado and Denver.
Colorado 6, Colorado State 1
CU (3-2), CSU (1-2)
Feb. 11, Meadows Club, Boulder
1d) Schleich/Steur (CU) def. Arneson/Schultz (CSU) 8-4
2d) Janssens/Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Mulhern/Heffron (CSU) 8-3
3d) Sanders/Tiefel (CU) def. Wojakowska/Wojakowska (CSU) 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, *2, 1
1s) Kristina Schleich (CU) def. Tori Arneson (CSU) 6-0, 6-0
2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Lauren Mulhern (CSU) 6-4, 6-3
3s) Julyette Steur (CU) def. Natalie Heffron (CSU) 7-5, 7-6(5)
4s) Erin Sanders (CU) def. Kaley Schultz (CSU) 6-2, 6-2
5s) Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Veronika Wojakowska (CSU) 6-3, 6-3
6s) Adriana Wojakowska (CSU) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 2, *3, 4, 6, 5