BOULDER – Instead of going to class Friday morning, the University of Colorado women’s tennis team will instead be getting ready for a non-conference match against Wyoming at 10:30 a.m. at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center. The match is the earliest start time for both teams this season.
Colorado enters the match with 3-3 record and is coming off a two-match skid last weekend against Kansas and Kansas State, respectively. The Buffaloes are 3-1 at home this season and will take on a Cowgirls team that’s 2-1.
The Buffaloes hold the all-time record in the series, 3-1, however the Cowgirls, who have won 10 matches in each of the last two seasons, took last year’s match 4-3 in Laramie. Previous meetings between CU/Wyoming occurred in 1997, 1998, 1999.
CU boasts two top guns at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions in sophomore Alex Aiello (16-3) and junior Julyette Steur (10-5), while freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz, who is unbeaten at No. 3 this season (3-0) boasts a 13-6 record for the year.
In doubles, Steur and junior Ashley Tiefel have a 9-3 mark with Ormeño Ruiz and senior Winde Janssens having a 9-4 clip. Aiello and senior Carla Manzi Tenorio have won six of 10 matches.
On the national scene, the Cowgirls currently have five ranked opponents on their schedule, while the Buffs currently have 10 upcoming nationally ranked opponents from the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released on Tuesday.
Looking at the history books, Manzi Tenorio ranks No. 20 overall in combined singles (47) and doubles (56) victories with 103. Janssens is No. 26 overall with 46 singles and 48 doubles tallies (94 overall).
In career doubles victories, Manzi Tenorio has reached the Top-10 with 56. The all-time record is shared by Melisa Esposito and Monica Milewski with 77 wins. Janssens is tied for No. 23 overall with 48, while Steur has 30 doubles victories to her credit.
For Wyoming, senior Veronica Popovici became the all-time school leader in singles wins with 76. She is second all-time in doubles wins with 79.
Admission and parking are free at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center, which is located behind the Millennium Hotel on 28th Street.