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Sanders clinched the Buffs' second Pac-12 win.
Buffs Tennis Take Down No. 59 Oregon Ducks
Release: March 29, 2013
By: Marlee Horn, Assistant SID
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BOULDER – The University of Colorado tennis team won its second Pac-12 Conference match in program history, besting No. 59 Oregon, 5-2 on Saturday at the South Campus Tennis Complex.

“I’m really proud of the players,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “We came out and competed. It’s been a tough couple of weeks of competition that we’ve had, playing the top four schools in our conference, who were really, really tough. I think we all learned from that, and it really helped us today. I think they really bounced back well. We’ve got three more teams coming into town over the next couple of weeks and we look forward to having those teams here.”

The Buffaloes pick up their first win over a ranked opponent since taking down No. 62 Stephen F. Austin 6-1 on February 2. This marks the highest ranked opponent the Buffs have defeated since beating then-ranked No. 46 New Mexico on February 7, 2009. All nine of CU’s most recent opponents have either been ranked, had at least one ranked player or both (as is the case for six of the teams, including Oregon). The Buffs are now 2-6 against ranked opponents this season, and an impressive 5-2 at home, opening home outdoor play against the Ducks.

“It means something when players don’t necessarily play their best and still win and find a way,” Kenneally said. “I think we did that in several positions today in singles and doubles. That’s what I’m most proud of because it just shows that mentally they’ve taken a step forward, which is great.”

Colorado improves to 7-11 overall, 2-5 Pac-12, matching last year’s overall win total, and marking the first time since the 2009-10 season that the Buffs won at least two conference matches. Oregon, having been ranked in the ITA top-75 in all but two matches this spring, falls to 11-5, 1-4 Pac-12. CU leads the overall series 10-6.

The Buffs sprang into action early, taking the doubles point. The freshman duo of Dhany Quevedo and Mazy Watrous got its first ever win as a pair, besting Hughes/Hager 8-1. Juniors Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio continue to be a power for the Buffs, earning their 10th win together this season with an 8-5 win over Metzger/Neubert.

After facing seven straight ranked opponents, Julyette Steur claimed a win over the eighth, defeating No. 102 Nicole Long, who has lost only twice this spring, 6-1, 6-1 for her 14th win of the season. All but one of her wins this spring have been in straight sets. The victory was Steur’s first over a ranked opponent since she beat then-ranked No. 104 McCall Jones of UCLA on March 23, 2012.

Janssens and Manzi Tenorio each earned their 40th career singles win with victories in straight sets. Janssens bested Patricia Skowronski 6-1, 6-3. Janssens leads the Buffs with 16 wins this season, including four in-conference. Manzi Tenorio got her 14th win of the season and her second over a conference opponent with a solid 6-4, 7-6 win over Lana Buttner.

Senior Erin Sanders once again clinched the match for the Buffs, defeating Pascale Neubert 6-3, 6-3. Sanders now has seven wins this season, including two major conference victories.

The Buffs return to action next weekend as the season draws to a close. CU takes on Washington State at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5 and Washington at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 7.    

Colorado 5, Oregon 2
CU (7-11, 2-5 Pac-12), UO (11-5, 1-4 Pac-12)
Friday, March 29 CU South Campus Tennis Complex
Boulder, Colo.

1d) Long/Skowronski (UO) def. Steur/Sanders, 8-4
2d) Janssens/Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Metzger/Neubert, 8-5
3d) Quevedo/Watrous (CU) def. Hughes/Hager, 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2*

1s) Julyette Steur (CU) def. No. 102 Nicole Long, 6-1, 6-1
2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Patricia Skowronski, 6-1, 6-3
3s) Julia Metzger (UO) def. Dhany Quevedo, 6-3, 6-4
4s) Erin Sanders (CU) def. Pascale Neubert, 6-3, 6-3
5s) Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Lana Buttner, 6-4, 7-6
6s) Rabea Stueckermann (UO) def. Mazy Watrous, 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 6, 4*, 3, 5
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