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BOULDER – The University of Colorado tennis team shined in an in-state rivalry doubleheader, defeating Air Force and Colorado State at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center.

In their first doubleheader since the 1996-97 season, and their first under head coach Nicole Kenneally, the Buffaloes breezed past the competition. The Buffs dropped just one match on the day, improving their overall record to 3-1, with their three victories all coming over in-state opponents.

“I’m really proud of this team,” Kenneally said. “In every season you get an opportunity to see how a team is going to react to adversity, and I think over the course of the last week, collimating in today, I think this team showed its colors. I’m really proud of how we came out and competed today as a team. We competed together.”

After suffering its first ever loss to Air Force last season, Colorado easily bounced back in 2014, soundly defeating the Falcons 4-1. CU now holds a 14-1 series lead, including a perfect 8-0 mark at home. With the loss, Air Force slips to 3-3 on the season.

In Saturday’s second match, Colorado shut out Colorado State, claiming a 7-0 win. The Buffs are now 28-0 against the Rams. The last three times the teams have met, Colorado has won with a combined score of 19-2.

“We had two tough matches,” Kenneally said. “To come out and play two good teams on the same day is tough – it’s the first time we’ve actually done it since I’ve been here. To win so convincingly in both matches was great. Our doubles was definitely a standout in both matches. I think we really showed the toughness that we’re gaining in the singles. Especially that last round of singles, after you’ve played a doubles, a singles, a doubles and then you’ve got to come back for that second singles.

“I think we did a great job of showing our toughness through finishing through some tight sets in that last round. I’m just extremely proud, and I hope this is a great learning experience for each player on this team to keep understanding the great benefits of being on a team. It’s pretty special.”

Colorado started strong in both matches, claiming the doubles point in each. Julyette Steur and Ashley Tiefel (playing in the No. 3 spot against Air Force and the No. 2 position against Colorado State) picked up two doubles wins, allowing just one game to their opponents. The duo has an 8-2 record this season. In the No. 1 doubles position, Winde Janssens and Nuria Ormeno Ruiz glided past the Air Force pair of Magday/Rizvi, and with the doubles point already decided against Colorado State, did not finish their second match.

Alex Aiello and Carla Manzi Tenorio held a 5-1 edge over Air Force’s Tran/Landram before play was suspended. In their doubles debut, Dhany Quevedo and Vitaliya Alkhovik picked up their first win. In the No. 3 doubles position, they defeated Ecton/Buxton 6-2.

In No. 1 singles play, Julyette Steur earned her eighth and ninth wins of the season. First up, she defeated Air Force’s Tiffany Tran 6-1, 6-4. Against CSU’s Natalie Heffron, Steur was down 1-4 to open the first set. She came back and got a big break at 5-5 to claim the set 7-5. She then dominated the second set, 6-1. In her career, Steur has won 27 matches in straight sets.

Alex Aiello had no trouble claiming two wins, defeating her opponents in nearly matching scores. She defeated AFA’s Mary Meyers 6-3, 6-2 and later beat CSU’s Adriana Wojakowska 6-2, 6-3. Aiello holds a team-best 14-3 record, winning her last four matches in straight sets.

Despite falling in her first match against the Falcons, Winde Janssens came back strong to defeat Colorado State’s Maddie Buxton 6-2, 6-0 in No. 4 singles. Janssens now has six wins this season and 46 in her career (tying for 34th best all-time at CU).

Nuria Ormeno Ruiz began the day with an impressive win over Air Force’s Marcella Magday in No. 4 singles play. Ormeno Ruiz claimed the first set 6-0. In the second, she was down 0-5, but won six straight games and went on to win the tiebreaker. Ormeno Ruiz moved up a position for her second match, but the young player handled herself well, beating Mollie Cooper 6-0, 6-3. Ormeno Ruiz holds an impressive 13-5 record at CU.

Dhany Quevedo and Carla Manzi Tenorio had matches in progress as play was suspended against Air Force. (Quevedo held a 7-5, 2-1 lead over Lily Forlini, while Manzi Tenorio was down a set to Tracy Ledram). Both grabbed big wins over Colorado State.

In her first complete match of the spring season, Quevedo defeated Lauren Pick for her 13th career win. Quevedo eased through the first set 6-3. In the second, she held a 5-4 advantage, but Pick won three straight games to force a third set. In the tiebreaking set, Quevedo hit four winners, while CSU hit six errors, helping Quevedo to a 10-2 third set clincher.

Manzi Tenorio closed out the lineup with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Kwynn Ecton. With 47 career singles wins, Manzi Tenorio is tied for 30th on CU’s all-time list.

The Buffs leave Boulder for the first time this spring to face two former Big 12 foes in Kansas. The Buffs face Kansas at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7. Since 2007, CU has won five of the last six matches against KU. Next up for the Buffs is Kansas State at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Against K-State, the Buffs have won six of the last seven matches.    

Colorado 4, Air Force 1
CU (2-1), AFA (3-3)
Saturday, February 1
Rocky Mountain Tennis Center at Millennium Harvest House
Boulder, Colo.

1d) Janssens/Ormeno Ruiz (CU) def. Magday/Rizvi 6-3
2d) Aiello/Manzi Tenorio (CU) vs. Tran/Landram (AFA) 5-1 (DNF)
3d) Steur/Tiefel (CU) def. Forlini/Forlini 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1*

1s) Julyette Steur (CU) def. Tiffany Tran 6-1, 6-4
2s) Alex Aiello (CU) def. Mary Meyers 6-3, 6-2
3s) Natasha Rizvi (AFA) def. Winde Janssens 6-2, 6-3
4s) Nuria Ormeno Ruiz (CU) def. Marcella Magday 6-0, 7-6 (2)
5s) Dhany Quevedo (CU) vs. Lily Forlini (AFA) 7-5, 2-1 (DNF)
6s) Tracy Landram (AFA) vs. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) 6-2, 3-2 (DNF)
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1, 4*

Colorado 7, Colorado State 0
CU (3-1), CSU (0-1)
Saturday, February 1
Rocky Mountain Tennis Center at Millennium Harvest House
Boulder, Colo.

1d) Janssens/Ormeno Ruiz (CU) vs. Heffron/Wojakowska (CSU) 3-5 (DNF)
2d) Steur/Tiefel (CU) def.  Cooper/Pick 6-0
3d) Quevedo/Alkhovik (CU) def. Ecton/Buxton 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3*

1s) Julyette Steur (CU) def. Natalie Heffron 7-5, 6-1
2s) Alex Aiello (CU) def. Adriana Wojakowska 6-2, 6-3
3s) Nuria Ormeno Ruiz (CU) def. Mollie Cooper 6-0, 6-3
4s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Maddie Buxton 6-2, 6-0
5s) Dhany Quevedo (CU) def. Lauren Pick 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (2)
6s) Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Kwynn Ecton 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*, 4, 6, 5