BOULDER – The University of Colorado women’s tennis team officially begins the 2013-2014 season this weekend hosting its own four-team invitational at the South Campus tennis courts.
The Buffaloes will host Arkansas, Denver and SMU beginning this Friday at 9 a.m.
Singles and doubles play on Saturday and Sunday will also begin at 9 a.m. In case of inclement weather, please check the CU web site at www.CUBuffs.com for updates pertaining to each day’s competition.
CU head coach Nicole Kenneally begins her 15th year in Boulder and enters the season with a team built on senior leadership with three-year letterwinners, Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio. Both continue to make the climb the career singles and doubles victories ladder.
Janssens enters her final season with 40 singles wins (No. 39th all-time) and with 39 doubles wins (No. 28 all-time), while Manzi Tenorio has 50 doubles wins (No. 22 all-time) and 41 singles victories (No. 38 all-time). Her combined 91 victories ranks No. 25 on the all-time list at CU.
Rounding out the roster is senior Mattison Sperry, who is entering her second year with the Buffs; junior Ashley Tiefel begins her third year with the team, while second semester Dhany Quevedo looks to capitalize on a strong summer campaign after she won the ITA Rocky Mountain Summer singles title in Boulder this past July.
New to the 2013 roster will be junior-transfer Alex Aiello and incoming freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz.
• Sophomore Yang Pang is the lone student-athlete listed among the ITA preseason singles rankings (No. 43 out of 125).
• The Razorbacks return four of six starters from a team that ranked No. 52 in the ITA national rankings and finished 13-15 overall last season.
• Representing seven of nine players on the roster, last season’s Razorback freshman class combined for 56 of the 85 singles victories on the spring season (65 percent). Five return as sophomores.
• Returning ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year, Yang Pang, looks to build on her breakout freshman campaign after going 11-12 on the season and only suffering losses to ranked opponents. She was named to All-SEC first team and All-SEC Rookie Team after defeating seven ranked opponents last season. Pang was an at-large bid to the NCAA individual singles championship.
• DU finished its 2012-13 season No. 62 nationally with an 18-4 record, while touting an 8-0 record in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play.
• Entered the postseason as a No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament, DU defeated No. 8 New Mexico State and No. 5 Idaho to reach their first WAC Tournament finals.
• The CU Invite is the first collegiate event that DU freshmen Sonja Radosevic from Florida and Maureen Slattery from Virginia will be participating in.
• SMU enters the new American Athletic Conference in 2013-14.
• SMU had a dual match record of 1-17 in 2011-12, and a 14-10 dual match record in 2012-13.
• There’s a lot of youth on the SMU roster with seven freshmen and sophomores out of eight student-athletes.
• SMU’s recruiting class for this year is ranked No. 13 nationally according to TennisRecruting.net; the highest ranking in program history.
• Of the four schools participating this weekend, SMU was ranked the highest in the final ITA 2013 poll at No. 51.