TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior Winde Janssens and sophomore Dhany Quevedo claimed singles points, however the host Arizona Wildcats secured the doubles and three singles points in straight sets to defeat the University of Colorado women’s team, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at the Robson Tennis Center in Tucson.
The setback drops CU to 8-12 overall and 0-8 in the Pac-12, while Arizona has now won nine of its last 11 matches, improve to 16-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference.
Arizona secured the doubles portion winning two of the three matches for the 1-0 lead. The Wildcats are now 16-0 when winning the doubles point this season.
“This weekend we played a pair of nationally ranked opponents and in the toughest conference, you’re always going to have great matches on the road,” said CU head coach Nicole Kenneally.
“Today we played a very tough Arizona team. I really like how the team came out and fought in the singles line up, which was important after a tough doubles point. We'll continue to learn and grow, and still have opportunities out there. We’ll rest up and look forward to our match at Washington next week.”
CU tallied singles points as Janssens upset the nation’s No. 100 ranked singles player to claim her 52nd career win defeating Kim Stubbe, 7-6(13-11), 1-6, 1-0 (10-7). It was Janssens 12th win of the year and her 13th career three set victory.
The Buffs claimed another point as Quevedo won the first set at No. 6 by a 7-6(2) tally, lost the second, 6-2, then held on for 10-6 win in a pro set to claim her sixth win of the year, and sixth career three set winner.
Saturday was the sixth consecutive match in Pac-12 Conference play, the Buffaloes have played a nationally ranked opponent.
Junior Julyette Steur played her sixth straight ranked conference opponent falling to No. 95 Lacey Smyth, 6-4, 6-3 at the top singles spot, while junior Ashley Tiefel lost in straight sets to Shayne Austin, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5. The Wildcats rounded out the scoring at No. 4, as freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz lost a tough 6-4, 7-5 decision to Lauren Marker.
At No. 4, senior Carla Manzi Tenorio took the first set against Akilah James, 8-6, however lost in three sets to Akilah James, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8).
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, No. 23 Arizona State, and Saturday against the No. 35 ranked Wildcats.
The Buffs close out the regular season on the road with a pair of matches beginning next Saturday, April 12 against No. 40 Washington (Noon, MDT). The season finale is Saturday, April 19 at No. 30 Utah (11 a.m., MDT).
No. 35 Arizona 5, No. 73 Colorado 2
UA (16-3, 5-2 Pac-12), CU (8-12, 0-8 Pac-12)
April 5, Tucson, Ariz.
Robson Tennis Center
1d) Marker/Stubbe (UA) vs. Steur/Tiefel (CU) 6-5 – did not finish
2d) Austin/Smyth (UA) def. Janssens/Manzi Tenorio (CU) 8-5
3d) James/Susan McRann (UA) def. Ormeño Ruiz/Quevedo (CU) 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2
1s) (95) Lacey Smyth (UA) def. Julyette Steur (CU) 6-4, 6-3
2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. (100) Kim Stubbe (UA) 7-6(13-11), 1-6, 1-0 (10-7)
3s) Lauren Marker (UA) def. Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) 6-4, 7-5
4s) Akilah James (UA) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) 6-8, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8)
5s) Shayne Austin (UA) def. Ashley Tiefel (CU) 6-1, 6-1
6s) Dhany Quevedo (CU) def. Laura Oldham (UA) 7-6(2), 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)
Order of Finish: 5, 1, *3, 2, 4, 6