BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's tennis team closes a five-match homestand this weekend and puts the wraps on the 2012 spring home schedule this Friday (1:30 p.m.) and Sunday (11:30 a.m.) against No. 1 UCLA and No. 3 USC, respectively at the South Campus Courts.
The Buffaloes are 7-6 overall and 0-2 in their first season of the Pac-12 Conference. CU has already faced No. 5 Stanford and No. 10 California early in the homestand this month. This is only the second match ever against UCLA with the Bruins winning the lone match 8-1 back in 1982. USC also makes its first trip to Boulder, however holds a 4-0 advantage in the series and haven't played against one another since 1998.
Senior Ania Anuszkiewicz will be playing her last home matches this weekend as CU's lone student-athlete on the roster. Anuszkiewicz has 39 doubles victories to her credit.
UCLA (14-0, 1-0 Pac-12) comes into Friday's match as the No. 1 ranked team in the country. They feature six singles players among the ITA's Top-125 players: Robin Anderson (#3); Chanelle Van Nguyen (#78); Kaitlin Ray (#89); McCall Jones (#104); Courtney Dolehide (#110); Pamela Montez (#119). In doubles among the Top-80 ranked teams, the Bruins have a trio: Anderson/Skylar Morton (#6); Montez/Dolehide (#10); Jones/Carling Seguso (#65).
CU counters with sophomores Kristina Schleich and Winde Janssens, who lead the Buffs in wins with 15 and 14, respectively. In dual play, freshman Julyette Steur and sophomore Carla Manzi Tenorio have eight wins apiece, with Janssens and Schleich each having seven wins.
In doubles, Janssens and Manzi Tenorio, previously ranked as high as No. 21 nationally lead the Buffs with 10 wins, six of them during the spring.
This weekend marks the last two home matches of the spring season for the Buffaloes. It's only the fourth time in school history (since 1975-76) CU will not have a home match during in the month of April. The others were 1998, 1978, 1977.
On Sunday, CU hosts USC (12-2, 1-0 Pac-12), who are ranked No. 3 nationally. Four Women of Troy are holding strong in the top-100 individual rankings led by No. 18 Danielle Lao, followed by No. 21 Zoë Scandalis, No. 31 Sabrina Santamaria and No. 64 Kaitlyn Christian. In doubles, USC has Christian/Santamaria are No. 4, with Valeria Pulido and Scandalis ranked No. 49.
After the match, the CU tennis program will host Campus Kids' Days coinciding with the Buffs' match against No. 3 USC. Following the match, kids age 8-13 are encouraged to bring their racquets and attend a free clinic. In addition to the clinic, there will be free pizza and refreshments, as well as prizes.
Other Match Notes
- At 14-0, UCLA is off to the program's best start in 25 years, as the 1987 Bruins also started the season on a long winning streak (20-0).
- UCLA's four freshmen have been outstanding this season, posting a combined overall singles record of 73-13 (.849). Chanelle Van Nguyen, Robin Anderson, Skylar Morton and Kaitlin Ray are also a combined 44-3 (.936) in dual matches.
- Robin Anderson leads the team in singles victories this year, taking a 22-6 overall record into today's contest. She is also 13-5 when facing ranked opponents.
- Head coach Stella Sampras Webster, who is in her 16th season at UCLA, led the Bruins to their first NCAA title in women's tennis in 2008. She owns a career record of 286-120 (.704).
- USC toppled another top-10 team last week with a 4-3 road win over No. 8 Texas. Up against a top-10 team for the fifth time this year, the Women of Troy made a winning run to victory, including three straight-set singles wins, to cap off today's win. Zoë Scandalis served up the clinching heroics from her No. 1 singles spot to help bulk USC's record to 12-2 overall.
- The Women of Troy have four players standing tall in the 20-win section of the singles world to date, led by 25-7 Zoë Scandalis and her fellow freshman Sabrina Santamaria, who is up to 22-5 overall. Sophomore Kaitlyn Christian and Danielle Lao both recently hit the 20-win mark, with Christian at 20-6 overall and Lao giving up the least ground with just four losses to 20 total wins to date. There's also one Trojan doubles tandem also now in the club, with the youthful Christian/Santamaria combo locked in at 20-8.