BOULDER – University of Colorado senior Winde Janssens clinched the singles portion of the match and also teamed up with senior teammate Carla Manzi Tenorio to secure the doubles point in leading the Buffaloes to a 4-0 victory over Tulane, Friday afternoon at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center.
Friday was the last home match for both Janssens and Manzi Tenorio.
CU’s win over the Green Wave improves the Buffs to 8-10 overall, breaking a six-match skid all in perhaps the best conference in the country for women’s tennis – The Pac-12. CU faced five of six ranked opponents during that stretch with four of the schools ranked anywhere from No. 1 through No. 16.
“We had some of the toughest and stiffest competition in the country over the last two weeks and I think when you come out with a stretch like that, you gain a lot whether you realize it or not as a player,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said.
“Today was definitely a situation of staying focused. We knew Tulane was coming in short-handed, so you always emphasize with a team like that, because at some point in your career as a coach, you always go through a year like that with injuries. It was great to get the win; now we’ll take a couple days off and prepare for being on the road for the next four weeks.”
Tulane (4-16) lost for the eighth consecutive time and played the match today short-handed with two of the seven women on the roster injured. The Green Wave was forced to default the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles positions.
With No. 3 doubles already determined, the Buffs needed to win one of two positions to secure the doubles point and take a commanding 2-0 team score lead. CU seniors Janssens and Manzi Tenorio defeated Emily Dvorak and Margaux Hyman, 8-3 at No. 2 to win the doubles point.
It was only the second time this year that the CU seniors were paired with one another for a match. In addition to the clinching the doubles point, it was also Janssens 50th career doubles win.
In singles, CU dominated two of the three singles positions in straight sets.
Junior Julyette Steur defeated Ipek Birol, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, then Janssens clinched the team win, getting past Jacqui Katz at the No. 2 slot, 7-6(3), 6-1. Steur won her team-best 11th dual win of the spring (17th overall), while Janssens tallied her seventh of the spring (11th overall) and her 51st of her career. Sophomore Dhany Quevedo won the defaulted match at No. 6 for her fifth win of the year.
“It was a good feeling to win the doubles point with Carla at the beginning,” Janssens said. “I thought Nuria was going to finish her match first, so I kind of rushed through the second set, and it turned out well.”
It was Janssens third career match where she clinched the team win.
Freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz was on the verge of closing out her match at No. 3 leading Meredith Maltby 6-1, 4-3, however the Tulane sophomore rallied to even the second set at 4-4, then subsequently led 6-5 before the match was called due to CU already winning the match at 4-0.
CU closes the regular season on the road with matches at No. 19 Arizona State (Apr. 4), No. 29 Arizona (Apr. 5), No. 48 Washington (Apr. 12), and No. 31 Utah (Apr. 19).
No. 73 Colorado 4, Tulane 0
CU (8-10), Tulane (4-16)
Boulder, Colo., Rocky Mountain Tennis Center
1d) Steur/Tiefel (CU) vs. Birol/Katz (Tulane) 5-5 - did not finish
2d) Janssens/Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Dvorak/Hyman (Tulane) 8-3
3d) Quevedo/Vitaliya Alkhovik (CU) won by default
Order of Finish: 3, 2
1s) Julyette Steur (CU) def. Ipek Birol (Tulane) 6-1, 6-2
2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Jacqui Katz (Tulane) 7-6(3), 6-1
3s) Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) def. Meredith Maltby (Tulane) 6-1, 5-6 - did not finish
4s) Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) vs. Margaux Hyman (Tulane) - did not finish
5s) Ashley Tiefel (CU) vs. Emily Dvorak (Tulane) - did not finish
6s) Dhany Quevedo (CU) won by default
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 2
-CU improves to 6-2 when winning the doubles point.
-CU won 7 of 12 matches at home (7-3 at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center).
-Winde Janssens won her 51st career singles and 50th doubles match for 101 career wins (No. 23 all-time).
-Carla Manzi Tenorio won her 59 doubles match (109 combined wins with 50 singles triumphs), No. 20 all-time.
-The Buffaloes are No. 73 nationally; fifth straight week ranked among the nation’s Top-75 teams in the country.
-CU evens its series with Tulane at 1-1; last played in 1993 on a neutral court.