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SAN FRANCISCO – The University of Colorado tennis team concluded a five-match road trip on Monday with a hard fought 4-2 loss to San Francisco.

“Today we came out and battled,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “Congrats to San Francisco, they were great. We battled, but we just weren’t quite as sharp as we’d liked to have been. We look forward to our home matches to end the season.”

Colorado and San Francisco split their all-time series 1-1, competing for the first time since the Buffs’ 7-0 blanking in 2007.  
CU concludes its non-conference play with a 5-6 record, falling to 6-11 overall and holding a 1-5 record in the Pac-12 Conference. USF extends its winning streak to four to complete its 11-match home stand. With Monday’s win, the Dons become the first team in West Coast Conference with wins in the double digits.

The Buffs came out strong, claiming a doubles win for the first time since their 4-2 victory over Arizona on March 10. Juylette Steur and Erin Sanders breezed past Ka/Holmberg 8-2 for their seventh win of the season. In their first time competing as a pair, Winde Janssens and Dhany Quevedo battled, but fell 9-7 to Hashiguchi/Hadzi-Tanovic in the No. 2 doubles position.

CU continued to face stiff competition in singles play. All eight of CU’s most recent opponents have either been ranked, had at least one ranked player or both (as is the case for five of the teams). The Dons continued this streak, with Julyette Steur looking for her first win against a ranked player this season, after taking on her seventh straight ranked player in No. 76 Andrea Ka.

Junior Winde Janssens claimed her team-best 15th win of the season, moving to an impressive 12-5 record in dual play. Janssens defeated Sofia Holmberg 6-0, 6-0 for her second perfect match of the season (her first was over Northern Colorado’s Stephanie Catlin on February 1).  

Freshman Mazy Watrous also had a great showing, earning the third win of her career with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Brooke Irish. This was Watrous’ second win in straight sets.

The Buffs return to Boulder to round out the remainder of the regular season. CU begins the four-match home stand against Oregon. First serve is at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29. Location is determinant on weather; stay tuned to CUBuffs.com for updates.

San Francisco 4, Colorado 2
USF (10-5, 1-2 WCC), CU (6-11, 1-5 Pac-12)
Monday, March 25
San Francisco, Calif.

1d) Steur/Sanders (CU) def. Ka/Holmberg, 8-2
2d) Hashiguchi/Hadzi-Tanovic (USF) def. Janssens/Quevedo, 9-7
3d) Irish/Nikolic (USF) def. Tiefel/Watrous, 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1s) No. 76 Andrea Ka (USF) def. Julyette Steur, 6-2, 6-2
2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Sofia Holmberg, 6-0, 6-0
3s) Milica Hadzi-Tanovic (USF) def. Erin Sanders, 6-2, 6-3
4s) Marina Nikolic (USF) def. Dhany Quevedo, 6-4, 6-4
5s) Mazy Watrous (CU) def. Brooke Irish, 7-5, 6-3
6s) Ashley Tiefel (CU) vs. Yurie Hashiguchi (USF), 6-0, 3-6, 1-3 (DNF)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 5, 4