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Erin Sanders
Height: 5'5"
Year: Freshman
City/State: Parker, Colo.
High School: Ponderosa HS
Experience: 1 Letter
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Career: Three-year letterwinner • Renounced her redshirt year and graduated from CU in December 2013 • Won 32 career doubles and 29 singles matches • Clinched five singles and five doubles matches • Won six singles matches when playing in three sets • Rallied to win the match three times after dropping opening set.

2013 Spring (senior): Earned the team’s Pac-12 clutch player award • One of three finalists named for the career achievement award at the 13th Annual CUSPY Awards (CU Sports Performers of the Year) • Clinched both of the team’s conference victories (Arizona, Mar. 10; Oregon, Mar. 29) helping the Buffs break a nearly two-year long regular season conference losing streak • Her first conference win came in an intense three-setter against Akilah James (UA), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 helping Colorado to the 4-2 victory against the Wildcats, marking CU’s first win in the Pac-12 • Less than a month later, Sanders toppled Pascale Neubert (Oregon) 6-3, 6-3. The victory helped the Buffs to a 5-2 win over the No. 59 Ducks, marking the highest ranked team CU had defeated since No. 46 New Mexico in 2009. The win led the Buffs to a spot in the following week’s ITA College Tennis Rankings for the first time since 2010 • Also clinched the team’s win over Northern Arizona • Won five of her eight spring singles matches at No. 4 • In doubles, won nine matches all with teammate Julyette Steur at the No. 1 slot • Clinched the doubles point with Steur against Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 2) and Loyola Marymount (Feb. 17) • Upset the ITA’s No. 71 ranked team of Douglas-Miron/Shimizu (Washington) • Won 13 doubles matches during the year.

2012 Fall (senior): Closed her final fall season with four doubles wins all with Carla Manzi Tenorio • Three of those wins occurred at the Air Force Invitational (Oct. 5-7) en route to an appearance in the finals. 

2012 Spring (redshirt-sophomore): Plagued with injuries for most of the spring • Managed four wins on the singles courts at the No. 4 position and another three wins at the No. 3 slot with Ashley Tiefel • Clinched two doubles points with Tiefel with victories over New Mexico (Feb. 11) and Metro State (Mar. 17).  

2011 Fall (redshirt-sophomore)
: Played in two tournaments picking up three doubles and one singles win.

2011 Spring (sophomore): Saw limited action in the fall & spring with injuries • Went 1-1 singles play, both at the No. 1 singles position • Played only two singles matches • Medical redshirt.

2010 Fall (sophomore): Played in three singles matches, winning twice • Pair of singles wins came in straight sets at the CU Invitational (Sept. 24-26).

2010 Spring (freshman)
: Saw immediate playing time recording six singles victories at the No. 6 position and picking up another pair at No. 5 • Clinched CU’s 4-3 win over No. 65 BYU (Jan. 30) at No. 5, rallying for a three-set win; picked up another team win over Kansas State (Apr. 29) at the Big 12 Tennis Championships at No. 6 singles • Recorded four straight victories (Feb. 13-Mar. 6) at the No. 6 slot • Won a trio of Big 12 matches defeating K-State’s Petra Chuda, twice and Iowa State’s Erin Wilbert • Also won five doubles matches • Won three times against the Big 12 with Melisa Esposito and a pair with Ania Anuszkiewicz • Clinched a doubles sweep over Oklahoma State (Mar. 26) with Esposito helping CU secure one of seven doubles sweeps during spring play.

2009 Fall (freshman)
: Began her initial collegiate career with a 5-2 singles record • Won her first three matches at the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 25-27) • Defeated a pair of opponents at the USAFA Invitational (Oct. 1-3) • In doubles, recorded a 6-2 mark • Won a trio of matches with Abbie Probert at the CU Invite, and a pair of matches with Madie Kern at the AFA Invite • Was the only freshman on the 2009-10 roster.

2009 Summer: Won a trio of consolation brackets at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit (Rocky Mountain Region) • After dropping the opening match in the main singles draw, Sanders rallied back to win the University of Denver (July 18-20), the University of Colorado (July 11-13), and Air Force (July 4-6) consolation finals.

Ponderosa HS: Lettered all four years at No. 1 singles for coach Lisa Pulk • 2007 5A state champion as a sophomore; finished fourth as a senior, third as a junior, runner up as a freshman at the state tournament • Helped Ponderosa to a runner up team placing during her junior and senior years, and a third place finish during her sophomore season • Became the first tennis state champion in school history • Named 2008 Colorado Sportswoman of the Year, Douglas County Athletic Academic Women in Sports recipient, and Player of the Year by The Denver Post and The Rocky Mountain News • Four-time first team all-league selection • Four-time academic honor roll recipient with graduation honors; two-time Ace Award winner • Two-time National Honors Society • Named The Denver Post Student of the Week, twice.

Personal: Born on August 10, 1991 in Englewood, Colo. • Daughter of Greg and Lara Sanders • Lists winning the state tournament as her biggest moment of high school • Enjoys singing and horseback riding • Under-18 Doubles Copperbowl Champion • Fed Cup Women's U-18 Intermountain and Team Colorado • Comes from an athletic family; cousins played golf at Bucknell and Gonzaga; volleyball and men's basketball at Millikin (Ill.).

In the Classroom: Will graduate in Fall 2013 with a double major in news – editorial and psychology.    

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