- In a battle from the first serve to the last, the University of Colorado tennis
team fell 4-3 to No. 73 Princeton on Saturday at the Millennium Hotel Harvest
"After seven hours, we lost a close one 4-3 to Princeton," CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said after the match. "It came down to the wire. I couldn't be more proud of our players. They really left it out there, and I think if you look at the scores, you're going to see that we really gave it our best effort as a team today. I believe that in matches like this, obviously we've had a lot of close 4-3 losses, this team is going to grow stronger, and they're going to get better from it. We're going to get the better side of it at some point. As long as we keep going and keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep putting ourselves in position to take one. I believe this group will do that, and it's just a matter of time."
The Buffaloes take a 5-5 record into Pac-12 Conference play. CU is 1-1 all-time against Princeton and 1-1 against ranked teams this spring. Princeton holds a 5-2 record, with each of its losses coming against ranked opponents.
In what was a true marathon of a day, four singles matches were pushed to three sets, with two Buffs coming out victorious. Freshmen Dhany Quevedo and Mazy Watrous both fought off first set deficits to claim victories. After Quevedo dropped her first set against Katherine Flanigan 6-4, she lost only four games total for the remainder of the match to claim the win. Quevedo now has a 2-0 record when dropping the first set. Watrous shined against Emily Hahn for her second career win and her first victory in three sets. After falling 6-3 in the opening set, she dominated the rest of the match, 6-2, 6-1.
Julyette Steur stands out in the No. 1 singles position, defeating Lindsay Graff 6-4, 6-3. Steur leads the Buffs with 13 wins this season. She is on a four-match winning streak and has dropped just two matches this spring. All but one of her eight wins in the spring have been in straight sets.
The Buffs continue their home-stand by starting conference play. CU takes on Arizona at the Millennium Hotel Harvest House in the conference opener at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 8 and Arizona State at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 10. Stay tuned to CUBuffs.com for location updates.
Princeton 4, Colorado 3
PU (5-2), CU (5-5)
Saturday, March 2 Millennium Hotel Harvest House
1d) Steur/Sanders (CU) vs. Cannon/Hahn (PU), 7-7 (DNF)
2d) Muliwan/Graff (PU) def. Janssens/Manzi Tenorio, 8-3
3d) Chow/Goepel (PU) def. Sperry/Quevedo, 8-7 (6)
of Finish: 3, 2*, 1
1s) Julyette Steur (CU) def. Lindsay Graff, 6-4, 6-3
2s) Amanda Muliawan (PU) def. Winde Janssens, 7-6 (6), 0-6, 7-5
3s) Dhany Quevedo (CU) def. Katherine Flanigan, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
4s) Monica Chow (PU) def. Erin Sanders, 6-1, 6-4
5s) Katie Goepel (PU) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
6s) Mazy Watrous (CU) def. Emily Hahn, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 5*