BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's tennis team continued their spring schedule here Saturday, recording their first loss of the season, falling 6-1 to the Vanderbilt University Commodores at the Millennium Harvest House indoor courts.
This was the opening match of the spring season for the No. 22 nationally ranked Commodores (1-0) and improved their all-time series lead over the Buffaloes, 2-0.
The Commodores won the doubles point, winning all three matches in convincing fashion. Esposito and senior teammate Camila Belassi fell to No. 40 Jackie Wu and Chelsea Preeg, 8-5. Milewski and sophomore Ania Anuszkiewicz also finished short, falling 8-6, giving Vanderbilt the one-point advantage heading into singles play.
Vandy won the No. 3 doubles match, 8-1.
At No. 1 singles, senior Monica Milewski fell in consecutive sets 6-4, 7-5 to Catherine Newman, the 31st-ranked player in the nation. Senior Melisa Esposito, the 64th-ranked player in the nation, lost to No. 29 ranked Jackie Wu, 6-2, 6-2.
Vanderbilt's Keilly Ulery locked up the victory in the third singles match defeating Belassi in consecutive sets 7-5, 6-0, giving Vanderbilt a 4-0 match lead over the Buffaloes.
In the remaining singles matches, Vanderbilt took two-of-three to win the match 6-1.
Sophomore Michala Hedelund Jensen recorded the lone win for CU defeating Rachel Dillon 7-6, 6-3.
Although it was a tough loss, Coach Kenneally felt positive about what the team has accomplished already and what is ahead.
"I think we came out and played a solid match," Kenneally said. "We played a great team today from great conference. I think this match will truly help us down the road. It is early in the season and playing a top-25 team can only help you get better.
"It showed us where our strengths are and also showed us what we need to improve on. We have a great group of young and talented players and this will help teach awareness and how to rebound quickly from a tough loss."
The Buffaloes will continue their season with a seven-game road trip starting with the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Berkeley, Calif. taking on Sacramento State, Jan. 29. They return to action in Boulder at the Millennium Harvest House on Feb. 20, hosting the Denver Pioneers.
No. 22 Vanderbilt 6, No. 60 Colorado 1
Vandy (1-0), CU (1-1)
Jan. 23, Millennium Hotel Harvest House, Boulder, Colo.
#1--(40) Wu/Preeg (Vanderbilt) def. Esposito/Belassi (CU) 8-5
#2--Newman/Robertson (Vanderbilt) def. Milewski/Anuszkiewicz (CU) 8-6
#3--Ulery/Dillon (Vanderbilt) def. Probert/Jensen (CU) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, *1, 2
#1--(31) Catherine Newman (Vanderbilt) def. (90) Monica Milewski (CU) 6-2, 7-5
#2--(29) Jackie Wu (Vanderbilt) def. (64) Melisa Esposito (CU) 6-2, 6-3
#3--Keilly Ulery (Vanderbilt) def. Camila Belassi (CU) 7-5, 6-0
#4--(32) Chelsea Preeg (Vanderbilt) def. Abbie Probert (CU) 6-4, 6-1
#5--Michala Hedelund Jensen (CU) def. Rachael Dillon 7-6, 6-3
#6--Erica Robertson (Vanderbilt) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) 7-5, 7-5
Order of Finish: 2, 1, *3, 4, 5, 6