EUGENE, Ore. – In one of the closest matches of the 2014 season so far, the University of Oregon women’s tennis team won the doubles point, then secured three of the six singles positions to hold on and defeat No. 60 Colorado, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the UO Student Tennis Center.
The Buffaloes drop their second match in three days, falling to 7-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play. The host Ducks improve 6-5 and 1-1 in the Pac-12.
Trailing 1-0 after the doubles competition where CU did manage a win at No. 2 behind juniors Julyette Steur and Ashley Tiefel, 8-2. Steur/Tiefel played only their second match of the season at No. 2 (2-0 now) to improve to 10-2 in the spring and to 14-4 overall. Both records are team-bests for a CU doubles team this season.
The Buffaloes managed to go back-and-forth with Oregon once the singles matches began to take shape.
Junior Alex Aiello broke a two-match skid – her longest of the season taking a straight winner over Jasmine Minor, 6-2, 6-1 to even the team score at one. Aiello won her 19th match of the year – a team best, and her 12th match of the year in straight sets.
After the home team regained the overall score taking the No. 1 singles slot, CU quickly tied it up once a again as freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz rattled off her 18th singles victory with a straight set winner over Sofia Hager, 7-5, 6-4. Ormeño Ruiz has now won three straight, and four of her last six matches.
The back-and-forth scenario kept its form once again, as Oregon took its own two set win at No. 6 pushing ahead 3-2 on the scoreboard.
Senior Carla Manzi Tenorio then evened the match at three with a come-from-behind three set victory over Marlou Kluiving, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Manzi Tenorio notched her sixth career win rallying from a set down, in addition to winning her ninth career three-set match. It was also her 50th career singles win.
With the score knotted at 3-3, it set the stage for another three set match as UO’s Lana Buttner rallied to defeat CU sophomore Dhany Quevedo at No. 5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4. Quevedo battled throughout the third set, once trailing 4-1, only to tie the match at 4-4.
CU returns home to face a pair of nationally ranked Top-10 opponents in No. 6 USC this Friday (March 14, 1 p.m.) and No. 3 UCLA next Sunday (Mar. 16, 10 a.m.) at the South Campus Courts.
After the Buffs-Bruins match next Sunday, CU will be hosting a Campus Kids’ Day clinic. The clinic will take place for 90 minutes at the South Campus Courts and is designed to expose more junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis varsity team matches.
College coaches will select a team match that junior players and tennis fans in the local community are encouraged to attend. Attendance, refreshments, and promotions are free for all attending juniors! Campus Kids’ Days and any promotions are open to ALL attending (so that any attending prospects ARE NOT receiving extra benefits).
In addition, a variety of promotional activities for fans such as raffles, exhibition matches, fast serve contests, autograph signings. The Campus Kids’ Days clinic will not take place if the CU/UCLA match is moved indoors due to inclement weather.
Oregon 4, No. 60 Colorado 3
UO (6-5, 1-1 Pac-12), CU (7-6, 0-2 Pac-12)
March 9, Eugene, Ore.
1d) Long/Minor (UO) def. Aiello/Manzi Tenorio (CU) 8-4
2d) Steur/Tiefel (CU) def. Kluiving/Akesson (OU) 8-4
3d) Buttner/Hager (UO) def. Ormeño Ruiz/Quevedo (CU) 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1*
1s) Nicole Long (UO) def. Julyette Steur (CU) 6-2, 6-0
2s) Alexandra Aiello (CU) def. Jasmine Minor (UO) 6-2, 6-1
3s) Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) def. Sofia Hager (UO) 7-5, 6-4|
4s) Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Marlou Kluiving (UO) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
5s) Lana Buttner (UO) def. Dhany Quevedo (CU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
6s) Allie Hueffner (UO) def. Ashley Tiefel (CU) 7-6, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 6, 4, 5*