SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – University of Colorado freshman Nuria Ormeño Ruiz recorded the lone singles point and her 20th singles victory of the season in the Buffaloes, 4-1 loss at No. 36 Utah, Saturday afternoon at the Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy.
Colorado closes the regular season with an 8-14 overall record, and for the second time in three Pac-12 seasons, go winless (0-10) in conference play. The Buffaloes have lost four straight, and 10 of their last 11 matches.
The Utes broke a three-match losing streak, improve to 12-9 overall and are now 3-7 in conference play. Utah has won all three meetings against CU in Pac-12 play and improves 15-10 all-time versus CU, including winners of four straight over its conference rival.
CU had a chance in the doubles competition to secure the point winning the No. 2 slot with seniors Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio defeating Luisa da Rosa and Sarah Richter, 8-2. It was Janssens/Manzi Tenorio’s second win of the spring season, and first in conference play this season.
With the doubles tied at 1-1, CU’s No. 3 team of sophomore Dhany Quevedo and freshman Vitaliya Akhovik kept the pressure on against seniors Sarah Pham and Callie Craig with a commanding 5-0 lead, however, Utah’s senior pair, playing their last home match, rallied for an 8-6 winner to secure the doubles point.
The home team then raced out with straight set victories at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions for their own commanding 3-0 lead.
Ormeño Ruiz defeated Craig, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 to get CU on the scoreboard. It’s the second straight conference win for Ormeño Ruiz and her 20th singles tally of the year, a team-best. She also tallied her fourth Pac-12 and 11th spring victory.
Ormeño Ruiz is the first CU women’s tennis player to reach the 20-win plateau in a season since Melisa Esposito went 20-11 during the 2007-08 campaign.
CU travels to the Pac-12 Conference Championships in Ojai, Calif. next weekend (April 25-28). There will be no team competition, only main draw singles and doubles matches with consolation matches to follow.
No. 36 Utah 4, Colorado 1
Utah (12-9, 3-7 Pac-12), CU (8-14, 0-10 Pac-12)
April 19, Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy
Salt Lake City, Utah
1d) Bekerova/Paige Miles (Utah) def. Steur/Tiefel (CU) 8-4
2d) Janssens/Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. da Rosa/Richter (Utah) 8-2
3d) Pham/Craig (Utah) def. Alkhovik/Dhany Quevedo (CU) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1s) #89 Tereza Bekerova (Utah) vs. Julyette Steur (CU) 6-4, 3-6, 2-3 – did not finish
2s) Sarah Pham (UTAH) vs. Winde Janssens (CU) 6-2, 3-6, 3-3 – did not finish
3s) Nuria Ormeño Ruiz (CU) def. Callie Craig (Utah) 6-4, 7-5
4s) Sarah Richter (Utah) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) 6-2, 6-1
5s) Paige Miles (Utah) def. Ashley Tiefel (CU) 6-3, 6-3
6s) Luisa da Rosa (Utah) def. Vitaliya lkhovik (CU), 6-2, 0-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3, 6