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By: Scott Arnold, ProMotion Ltd.
Carla Manzi Tenorio
Tennis Hosts Tulane Friday At Harvest House
Release: March 28, 2014
By: Andrew Green, Assistant SID
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BOULDER – The University of Colorado women’s tennis team will put the wraps on a five-match homestand with the last home match of the spring season, Friday, March 28 against the Tulane Green Wave at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center (Millennium Hotel Harvest House).

The doubles competition will begin at 11 a.m.

Admission/parking is free and open to the public.

Colorado (7-10) looks to break a six-match skid, all in Pac-12 Conference play, while the Green Wave (4-15) looks to also break its own losing streak of seven matches dating back to March 6. Tulane will also be playing a non-conference match on Saturday against Wyoming (5-6), 11 a.m. at the South Campus Courts.

The Buffaloes, No. 73 nationally, enters their fifth straight week among the nation’s Top-75 teams in the country, while the Green Wave began the year ranked No. 53.

Friday marks the last home match for seniors Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio. Both have etched their names in the CU record book. Each has 50 career singles victories, while Manzi Tenorio has 58 doubles wins. Janssens has 49 doubles tallies. Overall, Manzi Tenorio’s combined singles/doubles wins (108) ranks No. 20 all-time at CU; Janssens’ total of 99 ranks No. 23.

CU/Tulane last played against one another during the 1993 spring on a neutral court in Houston with the Green Wave taking a 6-3 win.

CU is 6-5 at home this season with all six victories coming in non-conference play at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center. After the home match against Tulane, CU closes the regular season on the road with four-straight Pac-12 matches.

MATCH NOTES
• Tulane senior Klara Vyskocilova is the nation’s No. 51st-ranked singles player and remains undefeated this spring with an unblemished mark of 9-0. 

• Vyskocilova has won her last 11 matches dating back to last fall; is 16-6 overall and has wins over a pair of Top-25 nationally-ranked players this spring.

• Vyskocilova and sophomore Jacqui Katz lead Tulane in doubles wins with a 7-5 overall record, including a mark of 5-4 at the top spot.

• CU junior Julyette Steur has tallied the most victories this spring, all 10 of them at No. 1 singles. Steur draws the opponent top singles player and has done so, six times this season. She defeated No. 116 Elizaveta Luzina (Washington State) in three sets.

• If sophomore Alex Aiello (19-9) returns from injury and wins one more singles match, she will become the first CU women’s player since 2009-10 (Monica Milewski, 26-8) to reach the 20-win plateau in a season. 

• Last year at this time (March 29), the Buffaloes upset then-No. 59 Oregon, 5-2 in a match played at the South Campus Courts.

• The Pac-12 Championships (April 25-28) will keep with tradition as the featured event at this year’s 114th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, which attracts 1,600 of the best college, junior and open players from the Western states. The annual event, started by William Thacher in 1896, has been played at the same site and interrupted only five times. If this tournament, put on entirely by volunteer efforts on public and privately owned courts, seems an unlikely place to see championship quality players, consider who has appeared here: Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, Rick Leach, Tracy Austin, Billy Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors and the Bryan twins. These tennis greats are among more than 85 former players at The Ojai who have gone on to win one or more Grand Slam events as professional tennis players, all of whom are listed on Libbey Park’s “Wall of Fame.”

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