BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's tennis team rolled to its third-straight win defeating Northern Colorado, 5-2, Saturday afternoon Millennium Hotel Harvest House bubble. The three straight wins marks the longest win streak since the 2010 spring season when the Buffs won four straight.
Sophomores Kristina Schleich, Winde Janssens, Carla Manzi Tenorio, and freshman Julyette Steur all won their respective matches in straight sets. CU also secured the doubles point for the third straight match to round out the scoring at 5-2. UNC won the No. 5 singles and picked up a default win at No. 6.
At the top singles position, Schleich was the first one off the court easily defeating Jennifer Whateley, 6-1, 6-2. Steur followed with a straight set winner at No. 3 over Lizzie Tapia, 6-1, 6-3; and Janssens clinched the team win, defeating Adriana Nieto, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2. Manzi Tenorio defended the No. 4 slot with a win over Jennifer Buchannan, 6-0, 6-2.
All four underclassman improved to 5-2 this season during spring play.
In doubles, CU swept all three positions for the second time this season with Schleich/Steur defeating Tapia/Catlin, 8-1 at No. 1; Janssens/Manzi Tenorio edged Nieto/Whateley, 8-5 at No. 2; and at No. 3, senior Ania Anuszkiewicz and freshman Ashley Tiefel escaped with an 8-6 win over Buchannan/Hoolahan.
Janssens/Manzi Tenorio are the No. 55 nationally ranked tennis duo by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), won their fourth match in five outings this spring, and are 8-1 overall.
"Northern Colorado is a much improved team and Brenda (Vlasak) has done a great job with them," said CU head coach Nicole Kenneally. "We came out and played the match the way we needed too. We continue to grow and figure the job out if we're not feeling 100 percent, or playing like we're 100 percent. I think it takes a little mental fortitude to take care of the job when you're not playing your best. I'm really happy with the performance and we're looking forward to tomorrow ."
CU hosts in-state rival Denver (7-3) at the Millennium Hotel Harvest House bubble on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Colorado 5, Northern Colorado 2
CU (5-2), UNC (1-5)
Feb. 25, Millennium Hotel Harvest House
1d) Schleich/Steur (CU) def. Tapia/Catlin (UNC) 8-1
2d) Janssens/Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Nieto/Whateley (UNC) 8-5
3d) Anuszkiewicz/Tiefel (CU) def. Buchannan/Hoolahan (UNC) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, *2, 3
1s) Kristina Schleich (CU) def. Jennifer Whateley (UNC) 6-1, 6-2
2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Adriana Nieto (UNC) 6-3, 6-2
3s) Julyette Steur (CU) def. Lizzie Tapia (UNC) 6-1, 6-3
4s) Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Jennifer Buchannan (UNC) 6-0, 6-2
5s) Stephanie Catlin (UNC) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(7)
6s) Chrissie Hoolahan (UNC) def. Ashley Tiefel (CU) default
Order of Finish: 1, 3, *2, 6, 4, 5