BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's tennis team puts a two-match winning streak on the line in back-to-back non-conference matches this weekend at the Millennium Hotel Harvest House bubble. The Buffaloes host Northern Colorado on Saturday and Denver on Sunday. Both matches start at 10 a.m.
This will be CU's third and fourth match on the young season against opponents from the Centennial State. The Buffs defeated Air Force and Colorado State during January and February matches.
The Buffs (4-2) will take to the road during the first week of March travelling to Lincoln, Neb. to continue non-conference play against St. Louis (March 3) and Nebraska (March 4). Tennis is the first sport outside of men's/women's basketball, and volleyball to play the former Big 12 Conference rival in a head-to-head matchup since both schools went their separate ways last summer. The Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten Conference.
A quartet of CU women each have four victories during the spring season. Sophomores Winde Janssens, Carla Manzi Tenorio, Kristina Schleich, and freshman Julyette Steur have identical 4-2 records. Sophomore Erin Sanders also ranks high with three victories.
Janssens and Manzi Tenorio (3-1 in spring play, 7-1 overall) are currently the No. 55 nationally ranked doubles team. The CU pair have been ranked as high as No. 21 this semester. They are the first CU pair to be ranked since the final 2010 spring rankings when Melisa Esposito/Cami Belassi finished No. 67 (out of 90), in addition to Ania Anuszkiewicz/Monica Milewski at No. 85.
Northern Colorado is off to a slow start to the 2012 season, with just one win in its first five matches (1-4). CU leads the all-time series, 28-2 dating back to 1975 and have won 15-straight since 1985. CU/UNC have played the last six in a row in Boulder with CU defeating the Bears, 7-0 in 2010.
The Pioneers are 6-3 so far this season and host Air Force, Friday night. Prior to the AFA match, DU has lost three of four matches after starting the season with five straight victories. Two of their losses have come against nationally ranked teams in No. 34 Texas Tech and No. 52 Utah, both 7-0 decisions.
CU MATCH NOTES
DOUBLES COURT: Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio are 3-1 over the first two months of the season with Erin Sanders and Ashley Tiefel, 2-1.
NATIONALLY RANKED: Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio (3-1 in spring play, 7-1 overall) are currently the No. 55 nationally ranked doubles team. The CU pair have been ranked as high as No. 21 this semester. They are the first CU pair to be ranked since the final 2010 spring rankings when Melisa Esposito/Cami Belassi finished No. 67 (out of 90), in addition to Ania Anuszkiewicz/Monica Milewski at No. 85.
THREE SET RALLY: Winde Janssens and Kristina Schleich each have six wins in their respective two years in three set matches. Schleich is 3-1 this year with Janssens recording two. Both women also have four career wins apiece when rallying from a set down to win.
TENNIS CAMPS: Summer camp registrations are open and ready to be accepted! This year's lineup includes the regular adult, junior and tot offerings along with a NEW addition - Family Camp! This camp allows for a fun family activity together where Mum & Dad can bring the children out to the courts and learn things that they can do to continue their kids hand eye coordination while experiencing the Sport of a Lifetime! Check it out at www.CUBuffs.com (Click on the CAMPS tab to the right of the toolbar and then scroll down to Tennis. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the camp brochure please let the tennis office know and they will email you a copy).
CU vs. DU: CU leads the all-time series, 28-7, however the Pioneers are 5-3 against the Buffs since 2004, and three of the last four since 2008. DU defeated CU, 4-3 last year at home, while CU is 19-3 in Boulder.
NORTHERN COLORADO MATCH NOTES
Northern Colorado is off to a slow start to the 2012 season, with just one win in its first five matches (1-4).
The Bears and the Buffs have faced each other just two times since 2008. The teams met in Feb. 2008 and then again in March 2010. Both were 7-0 wins for Colorado in Boulder.
Northern Colorado's roster has a definite "foreign" feel, with four of its seven players citing hometowns outside of the United States.
Stephanie Catlin, Chrissie Hoolahan and Jennifer Whateley all hail from England. Elizabeth Tapia calls Panama City, Panama, home.
Northern Colorado head coach Brenda Vlasak is just the Bears' second head coach in program history. She was hired in 2005 after spending two seasons as a Northern Colorado assistant.
Vlasak was inducted into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame on Jan. 28, 2011.
DENVER MATCH NOTES
Both teams have squared off against Colorado State and each easily won their match. Denver beat the Rams January 28th at home 5-2, and CU took down CSU February 11th, 6-1.
DU did not graduate a single player from the 2010-2011 season; the Pioneers went 9-14 last year. Denver returns zero seniors, four juniors and four sophomores for the 2011-2012 team.
The Pioneers have six players with 10-or-more overall wins this season. Caroline Schnell, Madeleine Saari-Byström, Steffi Rath, Elena Najera, Emma Isberg and Sophia Bergner. (Bergner is also 7-2 in #1 singles matches this year.) Winde Janssens and Kristina Schleich are the only two Colorado players have 10-or-more wins.