TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Ania Anuszkiewicz and sophomore Winde Janssens each won their first career Pac-12 Conference singles matches, however host Arizona State secured three of six singles points and escaped winning two of three doubles points to hold off the upset-minded University of Colorado women's tennis team, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Whitman Tennis Center.
The Sun Devils (11-7, 3-6 Pac-12) ranked No. 30 nationally had to forfeit the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles positions due to injuries. ASU's No. 14 ranked singles player Jacqueline Cako, and the doubles team of Cako and Nicole Smith (No. 62 nationally) did not play.
The Buffaloes did not travel redshirt-sophomore Erin Sanders and freshman Ashley Tiefel due to injuries. Freshman Camille Sabourin did travel, however was unable to play due to an injury.
"Today was a great college tennis match," said CU head coach Nicole Kenneally. "Both teams were not playing full strength, but everyone competed really hard. I'm proud of how we competed today and we really stepped up in doubles. The team played some of their best tennis of the season. (Assistant Coach) Courtney (Nagle) and I are happy for Ania and Winde for getting their first Pac-12 wins."
Saturday's match up between the two new conference foes was the first against one another since 1987. ASU improves in the overall series holding a 14-2 advantage, and have won the last four in a row. CU is winless all-time in Tempe (0-4).
The singles competition was played first due to inclement weather in the Tempe area.
CU held a 1-0 lead after the Sun Devils forfeited the No. 6 slot due to an injury. From there, ASU evened the match at one taking the No. 3 singles in straight sets. Anuszkiewicz put CU ahead once again, 2-1 taking the No. 5 singles in straight sets with a victory over Clare Frye, 6-1, 6-3. It was Anuszkiewicz' fifth singles win of the year.
ASU quickly tied the match at two with its own straight set winner at No. 4, then took the lead at No. 1 as ASU's Michelle Brycki, ranked No. 79 in the nation defeated Kristina Schleich, 6-2, 6-4.
The singles match endured another tie when Janssens, not only rallied CU to a 3-3 tie heading into doubles, but rebounded herself after not feeling well earlier in the day, coming out and defeating Hannah James, 7-6(3), 6-1 at the No. 2 slot.
It was Janssens 15th victory of the year, second-most on the Buffs this year.
With the match tied at three and CU already holding a 1-0 lead in doubles due to an ASU forfeit at No. 3, the Buffaloes needed one win at either the No. 1 and No. 2 positions for the upset. ASU secured the No. 2 spot with an 8-4 win setting up the final game scenario at No. 1 where ASU held on for a narrow 9-7 win.
The near upset over the No. 30 nationally ranked team would have been CU's first win in the new conference, however drops the Buffs to 0-9 in the Pac-12 and to 7-13 overall. CU's last win over a top-40 team was against then-No. 38 UNLV (4-3), Jan. 31, 2009 on a neutral court in Palo Alto.
CU closes the regular season at No. 44 Utah next Saturday, April 21 (11 a.m.) then travels to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-12 Conference Tournament, April 26-29.
No. 30 Arizona State 4, Colorado 3
ASU (11-8, 3-6 Pac-12), CU (7-13, 0-9 Pac-12)
April 14, Whiteman Tennis Center
1s) #79 Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Kristina Schleich (CU) 6-2, 6-4
2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Hannah James (ASU) 7-6(3), 6-1
3s) Joanna Smith (ASU) def. Julyette Steur (CU) 6-3, 6-0
4s) Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) 6-1, 6-3
5s) Anna Anuszkiewicz (CU) def. Clare Frye (ASU) 6-1, 6-3
6s) CU wins by forfeit
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 5, 4, 1, 2
1d) Brycki/Smith (ASU) def. Janssens/Steur (CU) 9-7
2d) James/Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Anuszkiewicz/Manzi Tenorio (CU) 8-4
3d) CU wins by forfeit
Order of Finish: 3, 2, *1