BOULDER – The University of Colorado tennis team faced stiff competition against Boise State, with a single match separating winner and loser. Boise State found the extra edge, handing Colorado a 4-3 defeat.
In the season’s opening weekend, the Buffaloes fall to 1-1. The Broncos open their season with a win, extending their series lead over Colorado to 6-3, including wins in the last four matches.
“It was a tough match,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “I’m proud of the way we came out and fought. I think this team has put in a lot of hard work on the court and off the court, and we’ll continue to do that. I’m excited for the remainder of the season. Obviously being so close to a victory today and not being able to pull it off is disappointing, and I know the girls feel that way too. At the end of the day, it’s an opportunity to learn.
“We’re early in the season. We’ve got a lot more opportunities ahead of us, and at the end of the day, I think this one’s going to help us. Sometimes defeats are tough, but at the same time, you also have the opportunity to learn something, and I think we’ll do that from this.”
Once again, the Buffs started out strong by winning the doubles point. Alex Aiello and Carla Manzi Tenorio swiftly defeated Lalone/Basil 6-3. The victory was Manzi Tenorio’s 55th in doubles play, moving her into the elite top 10 in doubles wins since 1980 at CU. In a tough No. 3 match-up, Julyette Steur and Ashely Tiefel edged Toseva/Oshir 7-6. Colorado’s Janssens/Ormeno Ruiz and Boise State’s Bo/Bryant were tied 4-4 as play was suspended.
Five Buffs won in straight sets in Friday’s spring season opener, but Boise State proved to be a formidable opponent, with two tie break sets happening in the top half of the draw. Dropping their first sets, Julyette Steur and Winde Janssens both came back to win their second sets and force a third. Though both held strong, they were overpowered in their tiebreakers.
After winning her first set 6-4, Alex Aiello found herself down 3-5 in the second to Teal Vosburgh, but won four straight games to claim the win. Aiello has won seven matches this year in straight sets and holds a team-best 11-3 record.
Nuria Ormeno Ruiz had her second big win of the weekend, defeating Anissa Bryant-Smith 6-1, 6-4. The victory was the 11th of her young career and her ninth in straight sets.
The match between Carla Manzi Tenorio and Morgan Basil would be the decisive one. Despite being down 0-3 to begin the match, Manzi Tenorio won four straight, but ultimately lost in the first set tiebreaker. The second set was tied three times, but Basil pulled away to claim the match 7-6 (2), 6-3.
The Buffs conclude their homestand in an instate rival doubleheader on Saturday, February 1. First, CU takes on Air Force at 10 a.m. The Buffs then face Colorado State at 4 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center at Millennium Harvest House.
Boise State 4, Colorado 3
BSU (1-0), CU (1-1)
Saturday, January 25
Rocky Mountain Tennis Center at Millennium Harvest House
1d) Janssens/Ormeno Ruiz (CU) vs. Vo/Bryant-Swift (BSU) 4-4 (DNF)
2d) Aiello/Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. LaLone/Basil 6-3
3d) Steur/Tiefel (CU) def. Toseva/Oshiro 7-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3
1s) Sandy Vo (BSU) def. Julyette Steur 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (7)
2s) Alex Aiello (CU) def. Teal Vosburgh 6-4, 7-5
3s) Milena Toseva (BSU) def. Winde Janssens 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10)
4s) Nuria Ormeno Ruiz (CU) def. Anissa Bryant-Swift 6-1, 6-4
5s) Morgan Basil (BSU) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio 7-6 (2), 6-3
6s) Megan LaLone (BSU) def. Ashley Tiefel 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5*