BOULDER – The University of Colorado women’s tennis team dropped its second match in as many days, falling to No. 4 Stanford, 7-0, Monday afternoon at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center (Millennium Hotel Harvest House).
The match originally scheduled to play outdoors was rescheduled Sunday night to be played indoors due to the inclement weather in Boulder.
CU drops to 7-10 overall and 0-6 in the Pac-12 Conference, while the Cardinal, the defending NCAA Champion, remain unbeaten at 11-0 and 3-0 in the conference. Dating back to last season, Stanford has now won 18-straight matches, including all six from last year’s NCAA Tournament, where they were the No. 12 seed.
“Stanford showed us today, why they are Stanford,” said CU head coach Nicole Kenneally. “I think we did a good job of competing from the first point to the last point, which we have not necessarily done from the top to the bottom of the lineup, I think today we did that.
“Against a team like that (Stanford), that may win it all again, it’s only an opportunity to learn. As coaches we can talk, but I look for there to be some internal wisdom taken from each player in a match like this, that’s going to move them forward, whether it’s their last season or first semester.”
Stanford is now 6-0 all-time against the Buffaloes with three of them coming in conference play. The Cardinal is well-represented in the national rankings, all six singles players are ranked from No. 2 thru No. 40, all won in straight sets.
The Buffaloes ranked No. 64 nationally have now lost six straight matches, all in conference play. Today for the second straight match played without sophomore Alex Aiello (19 singles wins) and freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (18 wins) due to injuries.
Playing in the most competitive conference in the country where 10 of the 11 schools that sponsor women’s tennis are nationally ranked, the Buffaloes have endured the toughest four-match stretch over the last two weeks. Top-ranked UCLA, No. 4 Stanford, No. 10 USC, and No. 16 California have all visited Boulder. Monday’s match against the Cardinal was the fourth straight match were CU failed to secure a team point, the longest stretch without a point in school history.
Colorado closes the non-conference portion of the schedule with its home finale against Tulane this Friday at the South Campus Courts at 11 a.m. The Buffaloes are 7-4 in non-conference play this season and will attempt to even their record all-time against the Green Wave at 1-1. CU/Tulane have not played one another since 1983.
No. 4 Stanford 7 No. 64 Colorado 0
Stanford (11-0, 3-0 Pac-12), CU (7-10, 0-6 Pac-12)
Rocky Mountain Tennis Center
March 23, Boulder
1d) (17) Ahn/Zhao (Stanford) vs. Steur/Tiefel (CU) 7-3 (did not finish)
2d) (27) Davidson/Tsay (Stanford) def. Janssens/Manzi Tenorio (CU) 8-1
3d) Doyle/Hardebeck (Stanford) def. Quevedo/Alkhovik (CU) 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2
1s) (2) Kristie Ahn (Stanford) def. Julyette Steur (CU) 6-2, 6-1
2s) (39) Krista Hardebeck (Stanford) def. Winde Janssens (CU) 7-6(5), 6-0
3s) (29) Carol Zhao (Stanford) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) 6-1, 6-1
4s) (27) Taylor Davidson (Stanford) def. Ashley Tiefel (CU) 6-1, 6-4
5s) (40) Ellen Tsay (Stanford) def. Dhany Quevedo (CU) 6-2, 6-2
6s) (34) Caroline Doyle (Stanford) def. Vitaliya Alkhovik (CU) 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, *2, 4, 5, 6