TEMPE, Ariz. – For the fifth consecutive time in Pac-12 Conference play, the University of Colorado women’s tennis team battled a top-25 nationally ranked team and came up short, falling 4-0 to No. 23 Arizona State, Friday afternoon in Tempe.
The Buffaloes are playing in perhaps the best conference in the country for women’s tennis. CU has endured one of the toughest stretches of conference play in recent memory since March 14 with No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 Stanford, No. 10 USC, No. 16 California, and the No. 23 ranked Sun Devils, all on the docket.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier on Saturday as CU plays at No. 35 Arizona. The loss to ASU drops CU’s record this spring to 2-7 against ranked opponents.
The setback drops CU to 8-11 overall and 0-7 in the conference, while Arizona State breaks a two-match skid (losses vs. Cal & Stanford) and improves to 17-4 overall, 4-2 in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils have won 11 of their last 13 matches.
CU almost pulled off the doubles point as freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz and sophomore Dhany Quevedo defeated Stephanie Vlad and Ebony Panoho at No. 3 doubles by an 8-4 tally. It was only the second doubles match that Ormeño Ruiz/Quevedo played together this dual season. With the doubles advantage, the Buffs fell at No. 1, only to have their No. 2 team of seniors Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio edged in a tie-breaker, falling 8-7.
Trailing 1-0 and the first team to four points declared as the winner, the home team went ahead 2-0 as No. 60 ranked Stephanie Vlad defeated CU junior Julyette Steur, 6-3, 6-1.
Steur, who has played every spring match at No. 1 singles, has the toughest draw playing against the other team’s best player. Over her last five conference matches, Steur has been matched up against the No. 2, No. 4, No. 25, No. 26 players, and on Friday against the No. 60 Vlad.
From there, ASU added points three and four with straight sets winners.
CU almost managed a point of their own at No. 3 singles as Ormeño Ruiz led Kassidy Jump, 7-6, 4-2 when the match was called.
The Buffs close out the regular season on the road with matches against the No. 35 ranked Wildcats on Saturday (1 p.m., MDT), then next week travels to No. 40 Washington (April 12).
CU ends the regular season at No. 30 Utah (Apr. 19, 11 a.m.)
No. 23 Arizona State 4, No. 73 Colorado 0
ASU (17-4, 4-2 Pac-12), CU (8-11, 0-7 Pac-12)
April 4, Tempe, Ariz.
1d) Krawczyk/Alexandra Osborne (ASU) def. Steur/Tiefel (CU) 8-3
2d) Sahagun/Jump (ASU) def. Janssens/Manzi Tenorio (CU) 8-7(2)
3d) Ormeño Ruiz/Quevedo (CU) def. Vlad/Panoho (ASU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1s) (60) Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Julyette Steur (CU) 6-3, 6-1
2s) Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. Winde Janssens (CU) 6-0, 6-3
3s) Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) vs. Kassidy Jump (ASU) 7-6, 4-2 – did not finish
4s) Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) 6-0, 6-1
5s) Ebony Panoho (ASU) vs. Ashley Tiefel (CU) 6-3, 3-3 – did not finish
6s) Gussie O'Sullivan (ASU) vs. Dhany Quevedo (CU) 6-1, 5-0 – did not finish
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4