LINCOLN – The University of Colorado women’s tennis team defeated St. Louis University, 6-1 Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Buffaloes have now won four of their last five matches, dating back to February 11, when they handed Colorado State a 6-1 loss. Over that time period, CU has outscored their opponents 26-9.
The Buffs gained a quick advantage by sweeping the doubles-point. Senior Ania Anuszkiewicz and freshman Ashley Tiefel began the day by defeating Madeline Jolly and Brooke Urzendowski, 8-0. Anuszkiewicz and Tiefel are now 2-0 on the season when playing together at the doubles position.
“Doubles set the tone as we entered the singles play,” said CU head coach Nicole Kenneally. “We had a great outing today, and solid performances from everyone.”
Colorado's Sophomore duo of Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio clinched the doubles point by defeating Stephanie Hollis and Mia Elmore, 8-5. To complete the sweep, sophomore Kristina Schleich and freshman Julyette Steur defeated Jenny Nalepa and Maria Toro Moreno, 8-4. This was only the third time all season that the Buffaloes have won at all three doubles positions, previously accomplishing the feat against in-state rivals, Colorado State and Northern Colorado.
Julyette Steur continued the momentum gained from the doubles play by defeating Mia Elmore 6-2, 6-1. Carla Manzi Tenorio followed suit, also earning a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Urzendowski. The victories improved both Steur, and Manzi Tenorio’s spring records to 7-2, respectively, leading the team in spring match wins.
The only loss of the day came when senior Ania Anuszkiewicz fell 3-6, 3-6 to St. Louis’ Maria Toro Moreno. Colorado responded, however, clinching the match with Kristina Schleich’s 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jenny Nalepa.
Colorado earned the final two points of the day, courtesy of Winde Janssens and Ashley Tiefel. First, Janssens defeated Hollis 6-2, 7-5 then Tiefel handled Jolly 6-3, 6-1, putting an end to the match and leaving the Buffs satisfied half-way through the Nebraska road-trip.
This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools as Colorado now leads the all-time series 1-0. The Buffaloes will play again Sunday in Lincoln against the No. 36 nationally ranked Cornhuskers.
Colorado 6, St. Louis 1
CU (6-3), SLU (7-5)
1d) Schleich/Steur (CU) def. Moreno/Nalepa (SLU) 8-4
2d) Janssens/Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Elmore/Hollis (SLU) 8-5
3d) Anuszkiewicz/Tiefel (CU) def. Jolly/Urzendowski (SLU) 8-0
Order of Finish: 3, *2, 1
1s) Kristina Schleich (CU) def. Jenny Nalepa (SLU) 6-3,
2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Stephanie Hollis (SLU) 6-1, 7-5
3s) Julyette Steur (CU) def. Mia Elmore (SLU) 6-2, 6-1
4s) Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. Brooke Urzendowski (SLU) 6-2, 6-1
5s) Maria Toro Moreno (SLU) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) 6-3, 6-3
6s) Ashley Tiefel (CU) def. Madeline Jolly (SLU) 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 1*, 5, 2, 6