MANHATTAN, Kan. – University of Colorado sophomore Alex Aiello secured the lone singles point Saturday afternoon as the Buffaloes women’s tennis dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 53 Kansas State at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center.
It was the second matchup in as many days against a former Big 12 Conference opponent.
Despite their second straight loss, the Buffaloes (3-3) still lead the all-time series against the Wildcats, 24-12. K-State improves to 5-1 and now have won five straight matches.
“Another tough loss today,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “We played a very good team today, but we are continuing to learn and grow as a team. We look forward to get to Boulder for our next three matches beginning on Friday.”
Aiello continues to shine on the singles court winning her sixth straight match and improving her singles record to an impressive 16-3 on the year. In spring play, she remains unbeaten at 6-0 at the No. 2 singles position.
Although the Buffs failed to win the doubles point, they did pick up a victory as Aiello and senior Carla Manzi Tenorio defeated Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago, 6-2 at the No. 2 slot. It was Aiello/Manzi Tenorio’s sixth doubles triumph of the year.
The win for Manzi Tenorio was her 49th career doubles win moving her into No. 23 place on the school’s all-time doubles list.
CU returns home for three-straight matches continuing non-conference play against Wyoming next Friday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center. The Buffaloes will then host Denver (Feb. 21, 4 p.m.) and Wichita State (Feb. 23, 10 a.m.).
No. 53 Kansas State 4, Colorado 1
K-State (5-1), CU (3-3)
Feb. 8, Manhattan, Kan.
1d) Niedermayerova/St. Hill (K-State) def. Ormeño Ruiz/Janssens (CU) 6-1
2d) Aiello/Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Juhasz/Bago (K-State) 6-2
3d) Cirnu/Panaite (K-State) def. Steur/Ashley Tiefel (CU) 7-5
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3*
1s) (42) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. Julyette Steur (CU) 6-1, 6-3
2s) Alex Aiello (CU) def. Iva Bago (K-State) 6-2, 6-3
3s) Maria Panaite (K-State) def. Winde Janssens (CU) 6-4, 6-0
4s) Palma Juhasz (K-State) vs. Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) 6-2, 5-6 DNF
5s) Livia Cirnu (K-State) def. Dhany Quevedo (CU) 6-0, 6-4
6s) Amina St. Hill (K-State) vs. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) 6-2, 5-0 DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3, 5*