BERKELEY, Calif. - University of Colorado women's tennis senior Camila Belassi edged Utah freshman Paige Miles in a thrilling three-set match to give the Buffaloes their second victory of the season in the consolation match of the 2010 ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
The Utes fell to 1-3 on the season with the 4-3 loss.
Belassi won the first set, 7-6, with a 7-2 score in the tiebreaker but dropped the second, 6-4. With the match knotted at three-points apiece, Belassi and Miles battled for the final point in a third set. The two stayed on serve through the first three games before Belassi pulled away to earn a 5-3 lead. Belassi held serve to finish things off, 6-3.
It was Belassi's 10th career match in which she has clinched a CU team victory, and her 19th win in 30 matches when the match goes three sets.
The Buffaloes (2-2) struck first as they claimed the doubles point with wins on the top two courts. At No. 1 doubles, Colorado's Belassi and Melisa Esposito took an 8-1 victory over Andrea Maughan and Erin Monson to start things off. On court two, Ania Anuszkiewicz and Monica Milewski gave the Buffaloes the first point of the match as they took out Miles and Anastasia Putilina by an 8-4 count.
"Today was a great day for the Buffs with our seniors leading us on the tennis court," head coach Nicole Kenneally said. "We had solid doubles from all three pairs today and we look forward to enjoying the San Fran area tomorrow."
Milewski recorded her 68th career win moving one victory from tying Jessica Garrow (1996-2000) for second on the school's all-time record list.
The Utes replied to even the score at one-all as Maughan made short work of Anuszkiewicz at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-1. On the top court, with the score knotted at five-all in the first set, Putilina suffered an ankle sprain, forcing her to withdraw and forfeit her match to No. 90-ranked Milewski. Milewski tallied her 77th career singles triumph.
Utah responded once again to even the match at two-all as Missy Harris earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Michala Hedelund Jensen on court five. The Utes then went ahead, 3-2, with a win at court four as Evgenia Kryuchkova defeated Abbie Probert, 6-1, 7-5.
Esposito, ranked No. 64 nationally, tied the match one last time at three-all with her 6-4, 6-3 win over Monson at court two. Esposito became only the 18th women in school history to win 70 career singles matches.
It was the first meeting between the two programs since the 2001 season. CU has won the last three matches in the series, however, the Utes hold an 11-10 edge.
The Buffaloes travel to BYU for a Feb. 6 match, then stay on the road at Boise State on Feb. 7.
No. 61 Colorado 4, No. 63 Utah 3
Colorado (2-2), Utah (1-3)
Hellman Tennis Complex, Berkeley, Calif.
Jan. 30, 2010
1d) Belassi/Esposito (CU) def. Maughan/Monson (Utah) 8-1
2d) Anuszkiewicz/Milewski (CU) def. Miles/Putilina (Utah) 8-4
3d) Jensen/Probert (CU) vs. Johnson/Kryuchkova (Utah) DNF
Order of finish: 1, *2
1s) No. 90 Monica Milewski (CU) def. Anastasia Putilina (Utah) 5-5 (Inj.)
2s) No. 64 Melisa Esposito (CU) def. Erin Monson (Utah) 6-4, 6-3
3s) Camila Belassi (CU) vs. Paige Miles (Utah) 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3
4s) Evgenia Kryuchkova (Utah) def. Abbie Probert (CU) 6-1, 7-5
5s) Missy Harris (Utah) def. Michala Hedelund Jensen (CU) 6-3, 6-4
6s) Andrea Maughan (Utah) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) 6-0, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 1, 5, 4, 2, *3