BOULDER- The University of Colorado women's tennis team faced No. 1 UCLA Friday afternoon at the South Campus Courts, fighting hard, however coming up short falling, 5-2. This was the first match in Pac-12 play in which the Buffaloes were able to earn a point in three matches, all against nationally ranked opponents.
UCLA (15-0, 2-0 Pac-12) is off to the program's best start since the 1987 Bruins began the season winning 20 matches in a row.
Colorado has now faced three top 10 opponents in their last four matches, and have another top-five opponent coming to town in No. 3 USC on Sunday (11:30 a.m.). Never before in school history has CU faced four opponents ranked in the top 10 nationally in the same season.
"This is the toughest weekend of competition in CU women's tennis history," said CU head coach Nicole Kenneally. "We represented ourselves great today." Kenneally is confident the Buffs will gain momentum after a good showing against the best team in the nation.
The two wins on the day came from freshman Julyette Steur and sophomore Carla Manzi Tenorio, both lead the team in dual wins with nine each.
Manzi Tenorio defeated Carling Seguso 2-6, 6-3, 1-0(6). Steur defeated No. 104 McCall Jones 6-2, 6-3, continuing an impressive streak of six consecutive matches in which she has won the first set. The freshman was the first Buff performer to take down a ranked player this season.
The losses in singles play all came against ranked foes in No. 3 Robin Anderson, No. 78 Chanelle Van Nguyen, No. 89 Kaitlin Ray, and No. 119 Pamela Montez.
Kenneally noted: "To play this quality of a team match after match, is only going to improve us as team, and if players allow it to help them, it's going to help them."
Although Colorado was able to break through in singles competition with victories they were unable to do so in doubles. The No. 65 ranked duo of McCall Jones and Carling Seguso won the first match defeating Manzi Tenorio and Winde Janssens, 8-1. Robin Anderson and Pamela Montez clinched the doubles point with an 8-3 victory over Steur and sophomore Kristina Schleich at the top doubles position.
Sunday's match against USC will be the last home match of the season. Following the match, the CU tennis program will host Campus Kids' Day, children 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.
No. 1 UCLA 5, Colorado 2
UCLA (15-0, 2-0 Pac-12), CU (7-7, 0-3 Pac-12)
March 23, South Campus Courts
1d) Anderson/Montez (UCLA) def. Schleich/Steur (CU) 8-3
2d) (#65) Jones/Seguso (UCLA) def. Janssens/Manzi Tenorio (CU) 8-1
3d) Ray/Van Nguyen (UCLA) def. Anuszkiewicz/Tiefel (CU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3
1s) (#3) Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. Kristina Schleich (CU) 6-1, 6-3
2s) Julyette Steur (CU) def. (#104) McCall Jones (UCLA) 6-2, 6-3
3s) (#119) Pamela Montez (UCLA) def. Erin Sanders (CU) 6-0, 6-0
4s) Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Carling Seguso (UCLA) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6)
5s) (#78) Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) def. Ashley Tiefel (CU) 6-1, 6-0
6s) (#89) Kaitlin Ray (UCLA) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) 6-2, 6-0
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 5*, 1, 2, 4