BOULDER – The University of Colorado women’s tennis team returns to the court for the spring season beginning this Friday and Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center (Millennium Harvest House).
The Buffaloes will play four matches over the next nine days with the home opener this Friday against Northern Colorado with first serve beginning at Noon.
On Saturday, the women’s team returns to the court, again to take on Boise State at 11 a.m.
Colorado has dominated the all-time series against the Bears holding a 30-2 advantage, including the last 17 in a row since 1985. Against Boise State, CU leads the series, 5-3, however, the Broncos have won the last three matches since 2009.
CU has 12 home matches from January through March.
Fifteen-Year head coach Nicole Kenneally returns three seniors and a pair of juniors, sophomores, and freshmen to the team coming off a tied for eighth finish in the Pac-12 Conference.
Carla Manzi Tenorio and Winde Janssens close their senior years as the only three-year letterwinners on this year’s roster, while Mattison Sperry enters her second year as a walk-on, one year letterwinner. Both Manzi Tenorio and Janssens are each moving up the all-time singles and doubles career lists.
Manzi Tenorio and Janssens have won 45 and 44 singles victories, respectively, and both rank No. 34 and No. 35, respectively. In doubles, Manzi Tenorio is tied for No. 12 (54 wins) and Janssens is No. 24 with 46 wins.
The Fall 2013 campaign was a successful one for sophomore Alex Aiello, who won a team-best 10 singles victories, in addition to winning seven of her last eight singles matches of the season. Freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz won nine matches, while juniors Julyette Steur and Ashley Tiefel each won six singles matches. In doubles, Janssens and Ormeño Ruiz won a team-best seven matches in nine outings.
Later in the conference season, CU fans will have a chance to watch the Buffaloes on the road when the Pac-12 Network will televise the match at No. 43 Washington (12:30 p.m., MT).
The Pac-12 regarded as the best conference for women’s tennis features eight of 10 schools nationally ranked among the Top-75 schools. Defending champion Stanford is ranked at the top, followed by UCLA (No. 5), USC (No. 6), and California (No. 8) rounding out conference teams in the top 10. All four schools will visit Boulder in March.
After the back-to-back non-conference matches this weekend with UNC and Boise State, the Buffs will host Air Force and Colorado State at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 1. CU will first play the Falcons at 10 a.m., then later in the day take on the Rams, beginning at 4 p.m.