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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The University of Colorado tennis team fought, but fell 4-3 to the University of California, Santa Barbara on Friday.

The Buffs are 3-3 in dual play, concluding a four-game road trip this weekend in California. The Gauchos improve to 4-2.

"As a team we have to understand, considering the strength of schedule, the importance of being ready to compete in all nine positions," CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. "When we show up in all of them, we put ourselves in a good position to take the win. That's the basis for a good college team. Today I think we had some good matches, some of the girls had to compete through three set matches, but unfortunately we weren't able to pull all of those off. Three set matches are tough to pull off. As a group, we are working on finding consistency will all nine positions. We hope to have a good practice tomorrow and come out and compete against LMU on Sunday in all nine positions."

CU came out strong and took the doubles point. Carla Manzi Tenorio and Winde Janssens continued their superb pairing, defeating Yam/Kecki 8-0 and improving to a perfect 6-0 this spring. Julyette Steur and Erin Sanders also had a strong performance, battling for the 8-6 win over Scatliffe/Garcia.

Three Buffs were pushed to three sets, with Janssens coming out as the lone victor. In her first three-setter of the spring, she took the first set 6-3, dropped the next 3-6, but claimed the victory when Kiersten Meehan retired in the third set with Janssens up 4-1.

Dhany Quevedo is shining in her freshman campaign, easily taking the first set 6-2 and taking the tiebreak in the second, 7-6 (5). She has won four of her last five matches in dual play, holding an impressive 6-3 overall record in her first season.

The Buffs conclude their road trip against Loyola Marymount. First serve is at noon (MT) on Sunday, Feb. 17 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Santa Barbara 4, Colorado 3

UCSB (4-2), CU (3-3)

Friday, Feb. 15

Santa Barbara, Calif.

1d) Steur/Sanders (CU) def. Scatliffe/Garcia, 8-6

2d) Manzi Tenorio/Janssens (CU) def. Yam/Kecki, 8-0

3d) Meehan/Cano (UCSB) def. Tiefel/Quevedo, 8-2

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1*

1s) April Scatliffe (UCSB) def. Julyette Steur, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2

2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Kiersten Meehan, 6-3, 3-6, 4-1 (retired)

3s) Dhany Quevedo (CU) def. Priscila Garcia, 6-2, 7-6 (5)

4s) Stacy Yam (UCSB) def. Erin Sanders, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

5s) Erica Cano (UCSB) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio, 6-2, 6-0

6s) Karolina Kecki (UCSB) def. Ashley Tiefel, 6-4, 6-3

Order of Finish: 5, 6, 3, 4, 1*, 2