LAS VEGAS – The University of Colorado women’s tennis team continued to shine on day two of the 2013 USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Championships on the UNLV campus with a pair of doubles wins, in addition to four singles victories on Thursday.
Senior Winde Janssens, juniors Julyette Steur and Ashley Tiefel, and freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz all were multiple winners on Thursday, each winning a singles and doubles match despite the rain that forced play to begin at 11 a.m. local time.
When the skies cleared, CU doubles took center stage as the seventh seed tandem of Janssens and Ormeño Ruiz edged Mayci Jones/Toby Miclat of BYU, 8-6. The CU pair received a first round bye and improved their fall record to 4-0.
On the other side of the bracket, CU sent another team to the Round of 16 as Steur and Tiefel earned their second win in as many days defeating Wyoming’s Christa Gecheva/Alma Espinosa, 8-5. Steur/Tiefel also remained unbeaten and are now 2-0 this season.
In singles, the Buffaloes continued to make some noise in the bracket winning four of five slots in the Round of 64 draw. Over the two days of the ITA Regional, the Buffs have won an impressive eight of 11 matches, all in straight sets.
In the Round of 64, Janssens reached the winners’ circle defeating Utah’s Luisa Gerstner da Rosa, 6-0, 6-4; Tiefel swept Jocelle Rudico of Air Force, 6-3, 6-3; Ormeño Ruiz rolled past Idaho’s Almundena Sanz, 6-2, 6-3; and the seventh seed Steur, saw her first action of the regional, getting past Iva Parapunova (Montana State) 6-0, 6-3.
CU’s lone set back on the day came at the hands of the number two seed as UNLV’s Lucia Batta edged sophomore Alex Aiello, 6-1, 7-5.
With the pair of wins for Janssens, she inches closer to the top-25 on the school’s all-time singles/doubles victories list collecting her 43rd doubles and 42nd singles wins, respectively giving her 85 tallies for 27th overall.
For the season, Janssens has two wins, while Ormeño Ruiz and Tiefel sport 4-1 fall marks. Steur did not play two weeks ago at the CU Invitational, wins her first singles match of the season and 26th career.
“We’re continuing to compete hard and playing well,” said CU head coach Nicole Kenneally. “We have a lot of competitors on our team who are looking to improve and who are extremely coachable in the process. We’re also happy with the success we are having with pair of doubles teams advancing to the next round.”
This will be one of 24 USTA/ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women taking place over these middle two weekends of October at campuses throughout the country.
The singles and doubles champions will advance to the 2013 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, taking place November 7-10, at the indoor facilities at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing, N.Y.
Day three is the singles Round of 16 and in the doubles, the quarterfinal round begins with consolation doubles.
ITA Mountain Regional, Day 2, Las Vegas, Nev.
Doubles: Round of 32
(7) Winde Janssens/Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) def. Mayci Jones/Toby Miclat (BYU) 8-6
Julyette Steur/Ashley Tiefel (CU) def. Christa Gecheva/Alma Espinosa (Wyoming) 8-5
Singles: Round of 64
Winde Janssens (CU) def. Luisa Gerstner da Rosa (Utah) 6-0, 6-4
Ashley Tiefel (CU) def. Jocelle Rudico (Air Force) 6-3, 6-3
Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) def. Almundena Sanz (Idaho) 6-2 6-3
(7) Julyette Steur (CU) def. Iva Parapunova (Montana State) 6-0, 6-3
(2) Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Alex Aiello (CU) 6-1, 7-5