LAS VEGAS – The University of Colorado women’s tennis team will be represented in the quarterfinal round of the singles and doubles main draw on Saturday at the 2013 USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Championships on the UNLV campus.
The Buffaloes went 1-1 on Friday in the Round 16 doubles draw as the seventh seeded team of senior Winde Janssens and freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz remained unbeaten at 5-0 this fall season, defeating Idaho’s Galina Bykova/Beatriz Flores, 8-5.
The win moves the CU pair into Saturday’s quarterfinal round against the No. 1 seed and the No. 18 nationally doubles team of Paige Miles and Michaela Berkova from Utah.
CU’s other Round of 16 pair, juniors Julyette Steur and Ashley Tiefel fell to the fourth seeded duo from UNLV, Lucia Batta and Aleskandra Josifoska, 8-1. It was Steur/Tiefel’s first loss this fall in three matches.
Ormeño Ruiz kept her momentum rolling along in her third round and Round of 16 singles matches, respectively with a pair of wins. Earlier in the day, she defeated Sandy Vo of Boise State, 6-2, 6-2, then upset three seed Tereza Bekerova from Utah, 6-3, 6-2.
Ormeño Ruiz is now sporting a team-best 6-1 singles record.
“We’re excited to be playing in the quarterfinal round on Saturday in both the singles and doubles main draw,” said CU head coach Nicole Kenneally. “The women are continuing to work hard and are playing well together. Nuria and Winde played well today and we are looking forward to their quarterfinal match on Saturday.”
In CU’s other main draw third round match, Steur advanced after leading 5-2 against New Mexico’s Dominique Dulski, who later retired with an injury. However, in the Round of 16, Steur lost to Mayci Jones (BYU) 6-3, 6-4.
Outside the main draw, CU continued its stellar singles play at the ITA Regional winning three more additional singles matches, all in straight sets. Senior Carla Manzi Tenorio defeated Mackenzie Rozell of Montana, 6-3, 6-4; freshman Dhanielly Quevedo outlasted Sarah Richter of Utah, 6-4, 6-4; and sophomore Alex Aiello outlasted her Wyoming opponent, 6-1, 6-2.
Day four of the ITA Regional will consist of the semifinal doubles round with consolation doubles and the quarterfinal round in singles.
ITA Mountain Region Main Draw
Doubles: Third Round
Friday, Oct. 11
(7) Winde Janssens/Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) def. Galina Bykova/Beatriz Flores (Idaho) 8-5
Lucia Batta/Aleskandra Josifoska (4) (UNLV) def. Julyette Steur/Ashley Tiefel (CU) 8-1
Singles: Third Round
Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) def. Sandy Vo (Boise State) 6-2, 6-2
(7) Julyette Steur (CU) def. Dominique Dulski (New Mexico) 5-2, retired (injured)
Lizette Blankers (New Mexico) def. Winde Janssens (CU) 6-4, 6-2
(8) Veronica Popovici (Wyoming) def. Ashley Tiefel (CU) 6-1, 6-4
Round of 16
Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) def. (3) Tereza Bekerova (Utah) 6-3, 6-2
Mayci Jones (BYU) def. (7) Julyette Steur (CU) 6-3, 6-4
Dhanielly Quevedo (CU) def. Sarah Richter (Utah) 6-4, 6-4
Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Mackenzie Rozell (Montana) 6-3, 6-4
Alex Aiello (CU) def. Alena Vasileva (Wyoming) 6-1, 6-2